Browns now hold key to NFL draft

Russ Lande breaks down his big board and predicts how the top ten picks of will shake out.
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Well, now we know one thing for certain.

The Los Angeles Rams – with their blockbuster trade with the Titans to acquire the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL draft – will be taking a quarterback with that pick April 28.

But what does that mean for the rest of the Top 10?

It means that North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and Cal’s Jared Goff, the top two available passing prospects, almost certainly go one and two.

The Rams just have to figure which player they like best, if they haven’t already. That leaves the rest of the NFL watching – and reacting to – Los Angeles’ choice.

The Browns war room in Berea, Ohio suddenly becomes the most interesting place in the NFL.

Because Cleveland has a very clear need for a quarterback after releasing 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel, the expectation has been that the Browns would address the position in the draft.

But what if the Rams select the quarterback Cleveland likes best? Do they address a defensive need or do they try to swing a deal – and acquire more…

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