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Secondary quarterback market for Browns

It would be surprising to see the Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill with the fourth overall pick, but the team will have plenty of opportunities to take another second-tier quarterback one with their next three picks (Nos. 22, 37 and 67).

The Browns' options are: Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Arizona State's Brock Osweiler, Arizona's Nick Foles and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins. I'm against the Browns drafting a quarterback in the first three rounds because none are a significant upgrade over what they already have in Colt McCoy.

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. analyzed the secondary market and the best fits for teams around the league. You'll need a subscription to read the entire Insider piece,Insider but here are the highlights regarding the Browns:

Kirk Cousins, Michgan State

Ht/Wt: 6-2/209. Projection: Second or third round.

Horton's comment: Kirk Cousins would fit Brad Childress' West Coast offense well and they might be able to get him at No. 67. The question is: How much of an upgrade would he be over McCoy? Would he solidify the position, but not necessarily improve it?

Nick Foles, Arizona

Ht/Wt: 6-5/244. Projection: Third or fourth round.

Horton's comment: Foles could be an interesting guy because he may be a little more NFL-ready, plus he could grasp the offense fairly quickly. However, the Browns would likely have to use their second-round pick to get him.

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

Ht/Wt: 6-3/219. Projection: Late first round or early second round.

Horton's comment: Cleveland could take Weeden at No. 22, as he would potentially be a good fit in this scheme, but it's more likely that they would look to take him at No. 37.