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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mocking The Draft Predicts Browns Use Falcons Pick For New Linebacker

The Falcons don't have a first round pick in 2012. They gave their pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the Browns' first-round pick in 2011, which Atlanta used to pick Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. Now that the Super Bowl is officially over and the draft order is set, every website that knows anything about the draft has come out with their own mock. One of those sites is SB Nation's Mocking the Draft.

It's only a first-round draft so Falcons fans don't really need to look. However, if you were curious about who the Browns might take with the Falcons' first-round pick, here ya go.

22. The Cleveland Browns select: Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina.

So Brown becomes a Brown (Ok, I'm done with those...maybe...). Cleveland could use with some help at defensive end and outside linebacker. I don't really see a defensive end worth taking at this selection, so Brown is the pick. Brown projects as a will backer in the 4-3, and has a nice ability to drop into coverage, a rarity among most young linebackers today. Brown isn't necessarily a flashy pick at this point, but he's a very useful one and will offer a big improvement to the Browns defense.

For more on the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic, and for more updates on the draft, head over to Mocking The Draft.

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