NFL Draft 2011: Trading Down Best Option For Cleveland Browns

By Brian Murtaugh

The NFL Draft is just four short weeks away and the Cleveland Browns have many questions to answer as the date is drawing closer by the minute. Cleveland will be on the clock with the sixth overall pick and have rumored to be interested in nearly every top 10 prospect available on the board. However, Cleveland may be interested in trading the sixth pick away if they receive the proper compensation.

The Browns are entering another new coaching regime next season under the direction of Pat Shurmur (Head Coach/Offense) and Dick Jauron (Defense). The sixth pick in the draft holds some significant value ecspecially with the wealth of defensive talent available and this new Cleveland team may not want to take a risk with a break or bust type player. The Browns have reportedly worked out dozens of potential prospects including Von Miller of Texas A&M and Shane Vereen of California.

Julio Jones (pictured) is also one of the key players that most Browns fans want to see in the teams’ colors next season as he and A.J. Green have been neck and neck for the title of best wide receiver in the draft class.

Under the current labor agreement, no players can be traded throughout this draft process as only picks can be exchanged for other draft picks. In order for a team to move up to the sixth overall spot they will more than likely need to give Cleveland an additional second round selection or possibly a first round pick in a future draft.

The Browns have plenty of holes to fill on both sides of the ball most notably on the defensive line where a switch to a 4-3 defense will completely change the front seven. Athyba Rubin will be expected to become the anchor of the defensive line as Shaun Rogers has been released and signed with the New Orleans Saints. Marcus Bernard should also see a significant upgrade in his playing time as he will likely see an expanded role as a defensive utility player.

The Browns likely have several targets that they well key in on and look to trade down if they are off the board. A.J Green and Patrick Peterson are two names to watch out for on draft day but in the end, only Holmgren, Heckert and Shurmur know what the team plans on doing.

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