Thursday, April 23, 2009

Browns Are No. 1!

No, not in the standings (please!).

But the team could be the best rumor mill in the NFL as draft day approaches on Saturday. With the No. 5 overall pick (perfect for teams lusting after a USC quarterback) and several players available via trade (Braylon Edwards, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, anyone?), the Browns might just be the most interesting team in the league.

CBS Sportsline has a fun little graphic (at right) promoting its "Double Vision: Bold Draft Day Predictions." Despite all the noise out of Berea that the team was put off by Michael Crabtree, senior analysts Rob Rang and Chad Reuter predict that if the Browns select the Texas Tech wideout, Braylon Edwards is headed to the New York Giants. However, the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano says the Giants-Browns deal is all but dead. (Oh, the contradictions!)

On the quaterback front, the Browns haven't even had a personal workout with USC's Mark Sanchez. But maybe that's just sunscreen in eveyone else's eyes. Pick Sanchez, the theory, goes and Quinn could be headed to the New York Jets. But doesn't Denver need a quarterback? What happens to Anderson? And is Sanchez hunky enough to replace Quinn as the good-looking-but-unproven savior category?

See, isn't this fun? Only about 48 hours left.

Enjoy it, because it might be the last time the Browns are relevant this season.

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