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HOW THEY SEE IT Browns draft



Published: Wed, April 13, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Whom the Browns will select with the third overall pick, according to major media outlets.

Sports Illustrated (Don Banks): Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan. "The Browns surprise us and go with Edwards, since he's the draft's top-rated prospect," Banks wrote.

CBS SportsLine.com: Draft experts Dennis Dodd and Clark Judge both think the Browns will take Edwards. Pete Prisco thinks the 49ers will take Utah QB Alex Smith, with Cal QB Aaron Rodgers dropping to the Browns. Most draft experts expect the 49ers to take Rodgers, with Auburn running back Ronnie Brown going to the Dolphins at No. 2.

ESPN (Mel Kiper, Jr.): Smith. Kiper ranks Edwards as the draft's third-best prospect behind USC wideout Mike Williams and Auburn RB Ronnie Brown. Smith is sixth. "Smith has the smarts, accuracy and mobility teams look for," Kiper said. "He'd be a nice place to start as the Browns look to rebuild."

ESPN (Scouts, Inc.): Smith. According to ESPN, the Browns value Smith over Rodgers and Edwards is "very much in the mix. Like the two teams ahead of them, the Browns would ideally trade down, acquire extra picks and get a better value on one of the three first round offensive tackle prospects in this draft class: Alex Barron, Jammal Brown and Khalif Barnes." Since all three tackles are expected to go in the first round, ESPN projects the Browns taking Ole Miss tackle Marcus Johnson with the second pick of the second round.

Sporting News: Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas. "Johnson is the consensus best defensive prospect in the draft," the mag said.

Bottom line: "It's fun to read mock drafts because you get a sense of where people are going," said Browns GM Phil Savage. "But if you go back and check the records, you'll find that those things are not necessarily that accurate."

Joe Scalzo




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