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Browns have fourth and 22nd overall picks in 2012 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 8, 2012

The Browns have the fourth and 22nd overall picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The position of the Browns’ second pick of the first round was determined today after the Atlanta Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs as a result of their 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in an NFC wild-card game. The Browns acquired the Falcons’ first-round pick last year in a blockbuster deal.

After the Falcons lost to the Giants, the Browns could have received either the 22nd or 23rd pick. The Browns secured the 22nd pick tonight when the Denver Broncos captured a 29-23 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC wild-card game.

Last year, the Browns traded the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft to the Falcons in exchange for the following picks: No. 27 (first round), No. 59 (second round) and No. 124 (fourth round) in 2011, plus the Falcons' first- and fourth-round picks this year. The Falcons took Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones at No. 6. The Browns then traded the 27th pick and their third-round (No. 70) pick to the Kansas City Chiefs, so they could move up six spots and select Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor at No. 21.

In this year’s draft, which will be held April 26-28, the Browns own three picks in the top 37. In addition to Nos. 4 and 22, the Browns have the fifth pick of the second round (No. 37).

Here is the draft order after the wild-card round with strength of schedule listed in parenthesis:

1. Indianapolis Colts – 2-14 (.539)
2. St. Louis Rams – 2-14 (.590)
3. Minnesota Vikings – 3-13 (.559)
4. Browns – 4-12 (.531)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4-12 (.551)
6. Washington Redskins – 5-11 (.477)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – 5-11 (.500)
* 8/9. Carolina Panthers – 6-10 (.504)
* 8/9. Miami Dolphins – 6-10 (.504)
10. Buffalo Bills – 6-10 (.520)
* 11/12. Seattle Seahawks – 7-9 (.512)
* 11/12. Kansas City Chiefs – 7-9 (.512)
13. Arizona Cardinals – 8-8 (.469)
14. Dallas Cowboys – 8-8 (.473)
15. Philadelphia Eagles – 8-8 (.488)
16. New York Jets – 8-8 (.500)
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) – 8-8 (.504)
18. San Diego Chargers – 8-8 (.516)
19. Chicago Bears – 8-8 (.527)
20. Tennessee Titans – 9-7 (.461)
21. Cincinnati Bengals – 9-7 (.492)
22. Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) – 10-6 (.480)
23. Detroit Lions – 10-6 (.535)
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – 12-4 (.492)

Note: * denotes teams that will use a coin flip to determine picks at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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