Browns torn between Tannehill, Blackmon at 4?
The Cleveland Browns may be the team that determines which direction the 2012 draft will go.
With apologies to Jim Irsay and his Twitter account identifiying the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 having that hammer, Peter King says in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that it is the Browns right behind Minnesota who are the key player in the draft's flow.
King reasons that the Vikings won't be able to locate a trading partner at No. 3 and will take Southern Cal tackle Matt Kalil after Indy nabs Andrew Luck and Washington picks Robert Griffin III. King says Browns general manager Tom Heckert likes Justin Blackmon, the Oklahoma State receiver at No. 4, while president Mike Holmgren may be partial to Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Which one of those players comes off the board and which one stays could determine which way the rest of dominoes fall in the top 10 or so picks.
Would a team like Miami or Seattle trade up for Tannehill is he is bypassed by the Browns?
On the other hand, selecting Tannehill could leave the Rams in a dilemma at No. 6, choosing between Blackmon and either running back Alabama Trent Richardson or LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, presumably depending upon which one Tampa Bay goes after at No. 5.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com