|Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson|
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3. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson
Shortly before the draft, the Cleveland Browns showed how aggressive they would be in pursuing Alabama running back Trent Richardson when they moved up one spot and gave Minnesota three extra picks.
Richardson is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson and the first back taken in the top three since Reggie Bush. The Browns are getting a great player in Richardson.
Unfortunately, Richardson has been drafted into one of the toughest defensive conferences in the league. Having to face the Steelers and Ravens twice each in weather-problematic regions mean the Browns will find out quickly whether Richardson is up for the challenge.
Welcome to Cleveland, Trent. Here's all you need to know!
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick
Cincinnati continues to be a team that is drafting to get better. They used their Carson Palmer trade pick to bring in a big, athletic corner in Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick who they hope can develop into a shutdown defender for them.
In order to slow down quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco, Kirkpatrick was brought in to make an impact in the passing game. He'll be teamed up with Leon Hall and newly acquired Terence Newman to immediately improve the Bengals secondary.
22. Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden
The Browns were looking to make a move to bring in a playmaking receiver, but when their guy Kendall Wright went to the Titans at 20, they pulled a trigger on a surprise pick bringing in Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.
At 28 years old (29 in October,) the Browns have taken a big risk and in the process have possibly put Colt McCoy on the trade wire.
Brandon, if you didn't get enough info on your new home, here ya go!
27. Cincinnati Bengals - Kevin Zeitler
|The Bengals had a nice haul in the first round drafting|
Zeitler and Kirkpatrick.
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Zeitler jumped up the board as the class' second best true guard. The Bengals probably would have loved for DeCastro to keep falling, but that just wasn't going to happen.
Too bad for the Ravens, huh? Would have loved Dont'a Hightower; New England moves up and gets him. Zeitler could have been a nice addition on the line. Cincinnati beat them to him.
Baltimore backed out of their first round pick and in return got an extra pick from the Vikings. The Ravens are on the clock early in the second round at 35 overall.
Look for the Ravens to find a some youth for their defense or look to upgrade their offensive line to keep Joe Flacco, the best quarterback in the NFL, out of harm's way.