Shawn’s Mock Draft: Offensive Minded


This is my 2nd Mock Draft this year.  This time, I used the draft tool at Fanspeak, so that I wasn’t able to pick without considering who may be gone when I got to each selection.  This helps keep this Mock Draft honest, and not completely unrealistic.

In this Mock, I focused heavily on upgrading the Browns offensive holes, while waiting until the later round to chose any defensive players.  So, before you moan about me not addressing the defensive needs, I intentionally went heavy offensively.  Without further ado, let’s get to the picks:

1st Round

With the 4th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M.

The draft generator had Bortles and Bridgewater going in the first three picks, so I took the best QB option left, which was Johnny Football.  I doubt this will terribly upset everyone.  He’s a dynamic playmaker with good arm strength, excellent accuracy, and big play potential with his elusiveness and speed.  While I have my reservations about his ability to stay injury free, it’s tough to deny Manziel’s raw skill and leadership potential.  He’s taller than guys like Russell Wilson, but maintains the ability to air the football out, regularly making 40+ passes without much hiccup.  His accuracy is excellent, and again, he can absolutely kill you with his ability to escape a collapsing pocket and accelerate quickly through tight holes in the defense.  While some cite his cocky attitude as a drawback, I actually give that as a plus in Cleveland.  God knows we can use someone with a winning attitude.

With the 26th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State University

I had planned to target either Marqise Lee or Kelvin Benjamin here, but the draft generator took them off the board before we got to pick.  Allen Robinson is far from a consolation prize though.  The gap between Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and the other receivers may exist, but it gets very tight between the rest after that.  Robinson is a great physical specimen, with similar height and weight as Josh Gordon.  He’s not as fast as Gordon, but has good hands and an ability to shrug off first hits.  Outside of that, the idea of having two towering receivers on the outside should be the Browns focus when drafting their first receiver in this draft.

2nd Round

With the 35th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

I was pretty thrilled when Cooks fell to me in the second round.  He’s a speed demon, and he’s got great route running abilities and sure fire hands.  He should be a first year starter, and take over the disaster that is Davone Bess.  He’s an automatic upgrade at the position, and with Gordon and Robinson able to draw a defense’s best cover corners, he’ll likely draw a nickel corner or an inside linebacker, and his speed advantage will create a nightmare to cover when all three receivers are on the field.

3rd Round

With the 71st selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Carlos Hyde, Running Back, The Ohio State University

Another break in the draft generator that got me excited.  Carlos Hyde won’t fall much further than here, and at 71 he’s a great pick up.  OSU fans don’t need me to explain his ability to run through tacklers, and his ability to elude tacklers is often overshadowed by his bruising running style.  The prospect of having a runner like Hyde on our roster is really something exciting to me.

With the 83rd selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Jimmy Garoppolo, Quarterback, Eastern Illinois

I have no idea if the Browns will adopt my preferred strategy of taking two QB’s in this draft, but they should.  Jimmy G has a lot of potential, but because he played at a smaller university, his draft stock will probably still have him available in the third round.  He’s got more prototypical NFL Quarterback size and arm strength than Johnny Manziel, and if JFF gets hurt, Garoppolo should be a good developmental QB to tap as his backup.

4th Round

With the 102nd selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Anthony Steen, Guard, Alabama

Anthony Steen is a solid Guard to take in the third round.  Steen hasn’t been as hyped or publicly lauded as many of his Alabama teammates, but on tape there’s no denying he’s one of the team’s better NFL prospects for 2014.  He’s get great technique, he’s very consistent, has great instincts and toughness.

With the 123rd selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Lamin Barrow, Inside Linebacker, LSU

Barrow is honestly more athlete than anything else at this point, so I’m counting on coaching to help him improve on his weaknesses, particularly his troubles with completing tackles.  That aside, he’s been LSU’s tackle leader the past two seasons, show some really good leadership qualities, and most importantly for the Browns, an ability to cover slot receivers and tight ends consistently.

5th Round

With the 133rd selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…
Deion Belue, Cornerback, Alabama
The draft experts aren’t particularly high on Belue, but I love him.  I think he’s this draft classes Richard Sherman, honestly.  His size is a little underwhelming, and so he takes a hit.  But, he is an incredibly smart player, with elite footwork and and ability to win the body position battle through routes and get QB’s to bite on risky throws.  He started all 14 games opposite Dee Milliner last year, and this season he was Alabama’s top cover corner.  His high football IQ, great footwork and body positioning will make him a solid CB opposite Joe Haden.  I don’t often feel 5th round draft picks can start year one, but I believe Belue would be a starter by mid season for the Browns.

6th Round

With the 164th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Storm Johnson, Running Back, University of Central Florida
Storm Johnson, outside of maintaining my theme of Thunder and Lightning with Carlos Hyde and Dion Lewis (Copyright Pending), also brings a great skill set in a late round pick.  He’s fast, explosive, elusive and has good hands.  The numbers are what they are, and last season he put up some head turners.  1,139 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns, and 3 more receiving touchdowns.  Johnson is super quick, and can make tacklers miss.

7th Round

With the 195th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Vinnie Sunseri, Safety, Alabama
Make no mistake about it.  If Vinnie Sunseri had not torn his ACL last year, he would be at the latest a 3rd round pick.  But, injuries can kill draft stock.  All reports are that Sunseri is recovery well, and his big play potential and elite speed make him a steal this late.  His size is not ideal, but his ability to hawk the ball, and his 4.5 40 times more than make up for it.
There you have it.  Shawn’s 2nd Mock Draft of 2014, and the first to focus heavily on offensive talent.

Shawn is an Army Sergeant, husband to the beautiful and brilliant @MrsStarr, dad to three, and lead writer/publisher here at Dawg Pound Nation.  You can follow him on twitter @ShawnMStarr.  

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4 thoughts on “Shawn’s Mock Draft: Offensive Minded

  1. Very heavy on the offensive cream. Taking two wide receivers high, without an exclamation point on defense, despite having sub-par talent at the linebacking position. Groves is less than average, and Mingo is still unproven, despite him struggling against the run – he did get pushed around a lot in the ground game.

    You’re taking a risk at signing free agent offensive linemen, because you’re relying on it happening. To your credit, you did say you will have a final draft coming up.

    You have selected Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback who has a tendency to play more like Brandon Weeden than I care to admit. He’s fine when not under pressure, or playing from behind, but I’ve seen too many Weeden bone-head flips from Garoppolo and that is creepy.

    That said, I do like that you selected two quarterbacks – as I have in my own. And I will continue to “draft” two until I find my elite quarterback.

    I can see what you were trying to do with your selections, but I’m not crazy about the heavy offense at the top end. Nice article though – interesting.

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  2. Love the thought of going this route, you’re becoming my favorite fan GM. Unfortunately I don’t think Hyde or Jimmy G are there that late. How about Hyde in 2nd, Abbrederis in 3rd, then take a shot on Murray? Either way beefing the O in the draft and supplementing D in free agency again sounds great to me.

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    • Thanks! I actually did go that route in my first mock draft, with Hyde then Abbrederis. Great minds?

      http://dawgpoundnation.com/2014/01/28/shawns-browns-ultra-mega-off-season-plan-for-great-success/

      The only part of the offense I really didn’t upgrade much in this Mock was the Guard positions, and that’s mainly because there are two quality guards we can target via free agency, Asamoah and Rinehart. In my next Mock I’m probably going to go more balanced though, and probably grab a Guard in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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      • Yep I saw that one the other day. Good stuff. Just hope the front office is thinking along the same route. I’m by no means a salary cap expert, but I definitely agree about signing Ward/Mack long term and extending Haden. And with this much cash seems like a great opportunity to front load some contracts to help when guys like Gordon and Cameron need resigned.

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