Chris Burke’s NFL Mock Draft is Trade Interesting

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Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (left) hands the ball off to wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) during the first half in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that is very difficult to prepare for when making an NFL Mock Draft is trades. Trades can come from anywhere and shock anyone. Some years there have been tons of trades, others very few or none in the first round. The NFL Draft season is such a big intrigue time due to the unknown, throwing trade scenarios into that unknown makes it even more juicy for fans to read about. Even this year, with a greatly deep draft trades still could happen as teams jockey to get the right guy for their team. We expect the St. Louis Rams to entertain trade offers for the #2 spot if Jadeveon Clowney is still there but Chris Burke took time to look at trade possibilities for each of the Top 10 picks. Lets take a look at ones the Browns could be involved in:

4. Cleveland Browns: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Trade possibility: Down to No. 10, Lions take Sammy Watkins

Joe Thomas at left tackle, Robinson on the right side and Alex Mack at center (assuming he stays) — that’s a sensational start on the line. Slide former RT Mitchell Schwartz in to right guard, with John Greco at LG, and the Browns could have one of the top fronts in all of football.

There may be more value for them in dropping down and accumulating even more picks, as that’s the fastest way to turn a rebuilding project into a playoff-caliber roster. If Watkins is still on the board here, Cleveland almost certainly will be able to drum up some interest.

Something that might sadden many Browns fans is if the team trades down so somebody else can take Watkins. The Lions would have a dynamic pairing of Watkins and Calvin Johnson as they try to outscore teams in Detroit. For the Browns moving down 6 spots should get them at least a second round pick if not more. Could they possibly look for a 1st next year instead?

As it is the Robinson pick would be a solid if unspectacular pick to solidify the offensive line and give Ben Tate and Brian Hoyer a big lift in their shots at securing starting positions for the future. Robinson is powerful and could long term be the Joe Thomas replacement that will be needed in the next 3 to 5 years or so.

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