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Receivers work out for Browns


Receivers work out for Browns
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The Browns are paying some last-minute visits to top receiver prospects, meaning they could be poised to trade Braylon Edwards by the end of the week.

On Monday, Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and offensive assistant George McDonald traveled to North Carolina to work out first-round receiver prospect Hakeem Nicks, whom some experts predict the Giants will take with the 29th overall pick, a source told The Plain Dealer. On Thursday, they'll travel to Rutgers to work out another projected first-round receiver in Kenny Britt, who is also expected to go somewhere in the 20s, another source said.

On Tuesday, they'll head to the University of Georgia to put fast-rising receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, a second-round projection, through the paces, according to a source who confirmed the initial report on profootballtalk.com.

While at North Carolina, Daboll and McDonald also worked out midround receiver Brooks Foster and tight end Richard Quinn, who attended Maple Heights High, the source said. The extra time spent with top-notch receivers in these past few days before Saturday's NFL Draft means the Browns could trade Edwards by draft day.

They've also hosted the top two receivers in the draft in Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. Those are players the Browns are considering with their No. 5 overall pick. The others would be under consideration if they trade down in the round or with their No. 36 or No. 50 picks in round two.

Britt (6-2, 218) has good size, speed and leaping ability and is also climbing up some draft boards in the final days. Pro Football weekly describes Britt as "a big, strong West Coast receiver in a similar mold as Terrell Owens and Brandon Marshall." However, "character and coachability questions could be limiting. Could develop into a great pro if he can learn to focus and not be a distraction."

Nicks (6-0, 212) also has good size and speed and has been compared to former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin. He caught 68 passes for 1,222 yards and 12 TDs last season. According to Pro Football Weekly, he "possesses the pure receiving skills, superstrong hands and competitiveness to become a clutch performer."

NFL Network's Mike Mayock says Massaquoi is one of the fastest rising prospects in the draft, and ESPN's Todd McShay writes that "Massaquoi is an underrated route-runner with the ability to get into and out of his breaks fluidly. It won't surprise us if five years from now Massaquoi is one of the two or three most productive receivers from this class."

Wells' foot: Some teams might be backing away from Ohio State running back Beanie Wells, a mid-first round projection, because of a problem with a bone in his foot, according to SI.com's Peter King.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: mcabot@plaind.com, 216-999-4670



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Added: April 22, 2009

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