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Cleveland Browns Acquire Four Additional Picks in 2012 NFL Draft: A Fan’s Reaction
Consider it Christmas in March for the Cleveland Browns.
For a team that has far too many holes to name individually, the Browns were awarded four compensatory draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Compensatory draft picks are awarded to teams who have lost more (or better) compensatory free agents than they acquired the previous year.
Now consider this for a moment. The Browns are trying to build through the draft. If they sign free agents for the sake of signing free agents then they do not get extra draft picks. Of course they will make a play for a specific player to fulfill a specific need and said player may or may not sign. If they do nothing, they get rewarded, and it does not cost a dime. If a specific player does not appear to be in the team's long-term plans, they will let them walk, helping their overall ratio of net gains to losses, thus additional draft picks. (Peyton Hillis?) Could this also mean they are targeting Trent Richardson in the draft?
The Browns were awarded the Nos. 35 and 36 picks in the sixth round and Nos. 38 and 40 picks in the seventh round. Will the players selected here make an impact? Possibly, but the main issue with the Browns is depth. Additional picks mean additional trade opportunities as well.
Cleveland has a total of 13 selections in the 2012 draft.
No. 4 overall
No. 22 overall (from Atlanta)
No. 5 (37 overall)
No. 4 (67 overall)
No. 5 (100 overall)
No. 23 (118 overall) (from Atlanta)
No. 4 (139 overall)
No. 25 (160 overall) (from Denver)
No. 35 (204 overall) (compensatory selection)
No. 36 (205 overall) (compensatory selection)
No. 4 (211 overall)
No. 38 (245 overall) (compensatory selection)
No. 40 (247 overall) (compensatory selection)
Needless to say they are in a great draft-day position. While the pick options may or may not change, the Browns now have quite a bit of room to work with in addition to a fair amount of salary cap space.
It may sometimes appear like the "master plan" is not working, but when you step back for a moment and take a deeper look; there just might be something there— even though it is painful to deal with in the moment.
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