"Cleveland knows they have time and are just accumulating picks," a personnel executive for an NFL team told USA TODAY Sports. "Sooner or later, (the) future will get here."
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The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because NFL rules forbid clubs from publicly speaking about other teams' players.
A second NFL executive said he was www.cheapnfljerseyssd.com shocked by the trade but understood why the Browns would do it now, with new coach Rob Chudzinski and general manager Michael Lombardi in their first season.
Richardson, the No.3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, and quarterback Brandon Weeden, the No.22 pick, were selected by former GM Tom Heckert Authentic Shawn Thornton Jersey for coach Pat Shurmur's offense. The Browns fired Heckert and Shurmur in December and dumped Richardson on Wednesday.
Weeden might be the next to go as the Browns continue to add draft selections to their current 2014 stock, which includes an extra third rounder (from the Pittsburgh Steelers) and fourth (also from Indianapolis).
Weeden is out this weekend due to a thumb injury. Fifth year quarterback Brian Hoyer will make his second career start in place of Weeden at the Minnesota Vikings. And there's no guarantee Weeden will get his job back when healthy.
Scouts like what the Browns are building on both sides of the ball. But they lack a quarterback, and that could be the target with the higher of those first round picks next year probably a top five pick with the way their season is headed.
The Browns also could package the two first round picks if they need to move up for a targeted player. If they stand pat, another running back could be a possibility with the Colts' pick likely to be in the mid to late first round. Few runners are drafted as high as Richardson.
"They've two edge guys you've got (Paul) Kruger and you've got (Jabaal) Sheard," a third executive said. "They've got (cornerback) Joe Haden. They've got inline run defenders. They've got (inside linebacker) D'Qwell Jackson.
"Offensively, they've got an all pro left tackle (Joe Thomas), all pro center (Alex Mack). They do have a promising receiver in the (Josh) Gordon kid when they can keep him on the field. I think the (tight end Jordan) Cameron kid is on the way up. I just don't know about the quarterback yet."