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BBV 2012 Community Mock Draft: Browns Select ... Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The first three selections of our Big Blue View 2012 Community Mock Draft were pretty much scripted before we began. Pick No. 4, belonging to the Cleveland Browns, is where things begin to get a little more interesting. Playing the role of general manager for the Browns in our draft, 'NYG 28' has used the fourth overall selection on Trent Richardson of Alabama, the top-rated running back in the draft.

Here is the pick, and the reasoning:

No. 4, Cleveland Browns -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

This is where things get tricky. The Browns have a number of needs. They lost Hillis in free agency and haven't had a good receiving corps in years. Do they stick with Colt at QB?

The Browns need a lot of help. I mean A LOT. They recently reported that they hope to not reach for a WR at #4, Holmgren has been saying he will provide Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace with offensive weapons to do their job, and Peyton Hillis left the team via free agency. So with this pick the Browns take TRENT RICHARDSON. The best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson was drafted.

This puts a new BBV member, 'Carmine5520,' on the clock with the fifth overall selection belonging to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

First Round

1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford [Pick explanation]
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams) -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor [Pick Explanation]
3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC [Pick Explanation]
4. Cleveland Browns -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Carmine5520
6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) -- pataroons
7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- nysoldier
8. Miami Dolphins -- Rorschache44
9. Carolina Panthers -- JINTSGM
10. Buffalo Bills -- bigbluethruandthru
11 Kansas City Chiefs -- JasonPierrePwned
12. Seattle Seahawks -- TNYFBG
13. Arizona Cardinals -- ManningHam and Cheese
14. Dallas Cowboys -- Simms-McConkey
15. Philadelphia Eagles -- JimmyK
16. New York Jets -- Plaxico Burress
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) -- GiantStep
18. San Diego Chargers -- Charles L
19. Chicago Bears -- Pat19
20. Tennessee Titans -- apingicer
21. Cincinnati Bengals -- GiantStep
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) -- NYG 28
23. Detroit Lions -- CCE718
24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- NYG_Slater
25. Denver Broncos -- daddyzander
26. Houston Texans -- #AHoustonGiant
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints)
28. Green Bay Packers -- Flynner
29. Baltimore Ravens -- Larry Soprano
30. San Francisco 49ers -- RealLT
31. New England Patriots -- Ryan Valentine (first round only); Second Round -- nysoldier
32. New York Giants -- Ed Valentine