Trading down is a bad idea
Some Browns fans seem comfortable with the idea of trading down. Trading down is a bit of a gamble right now.
First off, why should the Browns pass up on both Justin Blackmon and Trent Richardson? If the Browns trade to the sixth overall pick with the Rams, they will certainly lose out on Justin Blackmon. Also, Tampa Bay would have to select Trent Richardson at number five. Why would they pass up on him after a Browns' blunder?
The Browns need big time playmakers and that's why there haven't given much thought into trading down. Tom Heckert mentioned he is considering trading down but it doesn't seem he's giving the impression that he wants to trade down. The Philadelphia Eagles weren't able to talk the Browns into it. It is doubtful the Browns had the number 15 pick in mind anyway.
The case for Blackmon
If there is any shot for Colt McCoy to develop into a good quarterback this year, he must have an elite target to throw to. Now, without seeing Blackmon on a NFL field, no one can claim he is elite just yet. However, he has the potential to be an elite receiver. He caught 113 passes for 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns last season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He would be a welcome addition to pair up with Greg Little, who dropped way too many passes.
The Browns are expected to draft two receivers this year. Blackmon could potentially pair up with former Wisconsin Badger Nick Toon should the Browns want another explosive receiver as a solid number two option just ahead of Greg Little. The best option could be to draft two receivers in the first round, pairing up Blackmon with Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill, or Alshon Jeffery.
The NFL has turned into a passing league. Just ask the Manning brothers.
The case for Richardson
Some NFL fans in general doubt that Blackmon is elite right now. They don't think he is on the level of A.J. Green who racked up 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. The scouting report on Richardson is that he can bowl tacklers over like they're bowling pins, has explosive speed and power, and can be used in the passing game. It's really hard to pass up on a running back with such impressive skills.
He can take a lot of pressure off McCoy and dominate the game on the ground and through the air. Passing up on him is about as tough as passing up on lemonade or iced tea on a hot summer day.