TRENT RICHARDSON

Running back, Alabama

5-foot-9, 228 pounds

First round, No. 3

Armed with 13 selections in the 2012 draft, the Browns packaged the No. 4 overall pick along with fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round selections to ensure they got the guy they wanted in Richardson, an explosive, three-down back and a desperately needed playmaker. After playing second fiddle to former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram for two seasons, Richardson ran for 1,679 yards on 283 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 on his way to being named first-team All-America and winning the Doak Walker Award, given to the nationís top running back. Richardson has a rare blend of size, speed and balance that arguably makes him the best running back to come out of college since Adrian Peterson in 2007. He also made a name for himself with his impeccable work ethic off the field and by fumbling only once in 614 career touches.

BRANDON WEEDEN

Quarterback,?Oklahoma State

6-3, 221 pounds

First round, No. 22

The Browns added another piece to the offense in selecting the 28-year-old quarterback out of Oklahoma State. Weeden, who was drafted in the second round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, was thought of by many as a high-first-round talent who dropped because of his age (heíll be 29 in October). In 2011, Weeden threw for 4,727 yards on 408-564 passing (72.3 percent), 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Weeden has a reputation of running an offense with precision and knowledge of the playbook (he was named Oklahoma State Male Student Athlete of the Year). When in rhythm, Weeden has a strong-enough arm to zip the ball into any window with accuracy, but NFLDraftScout.com cited some problems when the pocket broke down or Weeden needed to use his feet to create space.

ó Ryan Lewis