Cleveland Browns: Is Paxton Lynch Worth A Top 5 Pick?

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Nov 21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) is tackled by Temple Owls defensive back

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(3) at Lincoln Financial Field. The Temple Owls won 31-12. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

What If He Slipped To The Second Round?

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Lynch is almost a guarantee to be one of the first picks, but remember Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and how he fell? Things like that happen, and though it is doubtful that will be something Lynch will encounter, opportunities would open for the Browns if such a case happened.

Though Lynch is likely the cream of the crop at the quarterback position, he does have competition for that honor. Lynch, along with Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (likely second round pick) and California quarterback Jared Goff could all be early selections.

Cleveland has multiple needs on both sides of the football. Should he fall for whatever reason, Lynch would be the target to either trade back up in the first round for, or to be selected in the second round.

If he ended up dropping, Lynch would be a great value later in the draft. In the meantime, Cleveland could select one of the best wide receivers on the board or fill another key need.

What if Lynch is not as high of a priority for Cleveland as fans and the media believes he should be? If this is true, it would depend on how Manziel’s offseason goes and if there are changes to the football operations staff.

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