*** Disclaimer ***
This is NOT a Mock Draft. I don’t think this scenario is going to happen, because I believe the Browns will draft Johnny Manziel with the #4 overall pick. That being said, this is my dream scenario. This is how I would draft this draft if I were the Browns GM.
“With the 4th Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Sammy Watkins”
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson University
The problem I have with this draft class is not talent. This is a deep, deep draft, full of great values. That said, there are not 5 or 10 players that I feel stand out above their peers. Sammy Watkins, to me, is the only true top 5 pick in this class outside of Jake Matthews. As we don’t need a LT, Watkins makes the most sense. He’s a certified beast too, a playmaker and a physical nightmare to match up against, especially if you put him opposite Josh Gordon.
With the 26th Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Marqise Lee”
Marqise Lee, WR, University of Southern California
The truth is, there are about 4-5 receivers that should be available at this point that would be good picks. Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson, Odell Beckham, Jordan Matthews, Jarvis Landry would all be fine selections. Marqise Lee though is probably the 3rd best WR in this draft, and there’s a good shot that he’ll still be on the board when the Browns pick again in the first round. He’s very, very good too. The best comparison I can give those of who have never watched Lee play is to Steve Smith, but a little taller. He’s 6 foot, and his speed is noticeable on the field. He’s a great route runner, has great hands, and can get open.
“With the 35th Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Cyril Richardson”
Cyril Richardson, OT, Baylor University
At 6’5″, 335 pounds, Richardson is an absolute monster of a man. This mountain is also versatile, able to play Guard or Tackle on the offensive line. With the lack of run blocking, Richardson would be a great upgrade over 3/5th’s of the Browns current offensive line. He’s shockingly nimble for such a beast, and should be an immediate starter, upgrade and impact player.
“With the 71st pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns Carlos Hyde.”
Carlos Hyde, RB, The Ohio State University
I’m going to level with you all. Whenever Browns fans start clamoring for drafting a player from Ohio State (Pryor, Ginn, Guiton, etc) I secretly scoff at you before choosing to ignore your comment. What works at Ohio State does not often work in the NFL. And usually, OSU players are not a good fit for the Browns. That being said, Carlos Hyde is an exception. Pairing his plow you over style of running with the speed of Dion Lewis and Edwin Baker is a sure fire way to get our non-existent running game a jump start. Hyde is a power back who can actually pick up short yardage and score in the red zone. He’s a monster, plain and simple, and he’s likely to fall to the Browns with the 71st pick.
“With the 83rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Christian Jones.”
Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
The clear chink in the armor of the Browns defense was Craig Robertson at inside linebacker. Robertson constantly got beat in coverage by TE’s and slot receivers, and was weak in the run department, which is supposed to be his strength. Robertson played himself out of a contract and likely a starting job. Christian Jones is a 3rd round pick who would be ready to start day one of camp. He big enough to play smother coverage on Tight Ends, and fast enough to open up and catch WR’s deep. He’s a diamond in the rough if he falls this far, which is expected.