If neither of those prospects is still available, Heckert said he would seek a trade.
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NFL.com and NFL Network draft analysts Bucky Brooks, Brian Baldinger, and Charles Davis predict that the Browns will take North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn with the No. 6 pick. NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan believes the team will select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, while NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche thinks Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will fall to the Browns.
Heckert has confidence that regardless of whether or not he gets his wish fulfilled or the Browns trade down for another player, the team will add a quality player to its roster.
"I think this year, there's a chance we could hit on six guys that are at least playing," Heckert said. "If you can get drafts like that, you're gonna be fine. They don't have to be all Pro Bowl players. They have to be good football players, and that's how you build your team. I think if you stick with that philosophy, more of the guys are gonna make the team (because) they're not (going to) be flakes, and you're not gonna want to get rid of them. Once you do that, you start building your team, and you're gonna be good for a long time if you keep drafting well."