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The Stars are Aligning for Brian Orakpo


Finally, we see some signs that the Browns know exactly what they want for the fifth overall pick in the upcoming college draft.
We recently canvassed on this website the top four candidates as the potential first selection for the Browns: Texas Longhorn defensive end Brian Orakpo, Wake Forrest outside linebacker Aaron Curry, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and USC Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez. We favour Orakpo, followed by Curry.
All of the media reports about the Browns' apparent fascination with Crabtree and Sanchez had us worried, however, recent developments have given us cause for hope. First, with regard to Crabtree, he seems to have put the new regime in Cleveland off during his recent visit to Berea. Why else would the Browns be looking hard and working out with receivers Hakeen Nicks of North Carolina, Kenny Britt of Rutgers, Mohamed Massaquoi of Georgia and Jeremy Maclin of Missouri? Most of those workouts came after Crabtree's visit to Berea. Further, NFL Network now predicts that Crabtree's draft stock is falling generally throughout the league, placing him in danger of not being selected in the top 10. Second, with regard to Sanchez, we now feel more convinced than ever that the Browns have been attempting to garner more interest in the Trojan QB in an effort to spark other teams to trade up the draft to acquire Sanchez. Classic smokescreen, we think. Those efforts by the Browns have been helped by commentators like Mike Maycock of NFL Network who has consistently rated Sanchez even higher than Georgia QB Stafford, who is expected to be selected first overall by the Lions. There are several teams that have shown significant interest in Sanchez and may very well be willing to trade up to get him early, including the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets.
Why would the Browns want to spur interest in Sanchez? Two reasons. First, to generate offers by some teams wanting to trade up the draft for Cleveland's number five overall pick. Second, to encourage teams to trade up even higher than the number five overall pick, say to number three overall (Chiefs). If that happens, there is an outside chance that both Aaron Curry and Brian Orakpo may be available for the Browns. What a treat that would be.
There is a method to the madness.
Go Browns!
-Clayton
Devo's Cleveland Browns

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