Obsessed. That’s what I am. I just… GOD I FUCKING LOVE WRITING MOCK DRAFTS. Sorry for the outburst. I just love these stupid things. It’s like doing a fantasy football draft for the real draft. So. Much. Fun. Once again, I used the Mock Draft Generator over at Fanspeak, so that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted. It autopicks based on the needs and big board of every NFL team, so I couldn’t cheat my way to a successful draft.
I went in a completely different direction than all three of my previous Mock’s. There’s only one or two names that have shown up before. So let’s get to it.
1st Round, 4th Overall Pick
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
This is the first time I’ve taken Teddy B at four. This is partly due to Mike Mayock’s recent review of him, but there’s plenty to like about Teddy. He’s got experience in a pro style offense, and was one of the very best QB’s in the country last season against the rush. Very good passing mechanics, does a fantastic job stepping into throws even when pressured. He can move, but he’s more apt to stay in the pocket and look for a receiver to get open. His intelligence is vastly underrated, he’s incredibly smart, intuitive, deceptive and has more passion about football than he’s given credit for. Good footwork and delivery, can run the read option very well if asked to. The often mentioned downsizes are his build and hand size (which is an incredibly stupid point, in my opinion). He’ll need to add some weight to his frame, but that’s not a problem in the NFL. His highlight reel has some jaw-droppers (watch the first video, it’s unbelievable):
1st Round, 26th Overall Pick
Marquise Lee, Wide Receiver, 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.
2nd Round, 35th Overall Pick
Xavier Su’a-filo, Guard, UCLA
6’3″, 305 lb Xavier Su’a-filo is a tremendous talent. He’s incredibly strong, very quick for a big man, and does a really great job leverage bull-rushers. He’s smart, very good with hand placement, and is a starting level talent. He would be an immediate upgrade over any of the Guards currently on the Browns roster.
3rd Round, 71st Overall Pick
Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State University
The Browns had a serious defensive hole at the Inside Linebacker Position opposite D’Qwell Jackson. DQ was his normal reliable self, but Craig Robertson and Tank Carder were serious liabilities in coverage against running backs and tight ends. They effectively cost the Browns multiple games. Christian Jones from FSU is the perfect upgrade, and even though he’s likely to be available in the third round, he can become an instant starter. He’s tall, long and fast, and has great hip and foot work. He’s known to absolutely smother tight ends and receivers off the line, and has shown year after year to be able to disrupt passing routes across the middle.
3rd Round, 83rd Overall Pick
Carlos Hyde, Running Back, The Ohio State University
I usually hate the homer’s who call for the Browns to draft Ohio State players, or hire Ohio State coaches. It usually doesn’t make any sense, and is based on nothing but homerism. That said, Carlos Hyde is too perfect a match for the Browns to ignore. With the Browns existing backfield speed of Dion Lewis and Edwin Baker, Hyde gives you the bruiser you need to beat up opposing defenses and to succeed in short yardage or red zone situations. The Thunder (Hyde) and Lightning (Lewis) combination is too exciting to miss. I was pretty pleased that he fell this far as well.
4th Round, 102nd Overall Pick
Jaylen Watkins, Cornerback, Florida
For all the Browns fans who want Watkins in this draft, I give you what you cry out for. This is Jaylen Watkins, however, the older brother of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. The older Watkins has good size and build for a cover corner, at 6′ even, 194 pounds. He’s got good speed (4.48 40), and is a physical, tough defender. He’s great about getting his hands on receivers, disrupting them well in man coverage, and has decent size and closing speed to play the zone or cover 3 if need be. He’s a willing hitter, and never shies away from contact. Generally, he’s a tough, scrappy defender who would do well taking over the 2 Corner spot from Skrine and letting him move back to the nickel.
4th Round, 123rd Overall Pick
Anthony Johnson, Defensive Tackle, LSU
I hadn’t planned on taking any defensive linemen/outside linebackers, but Johnson falling to me here was something I could not in good conscious pass up. He’s gone as high as the very end of the first round in at least one mock I’ve seen, and he has tremendous physical talent. Runs at 4.7 40-yard dash despite weighing 295 pounds, which is craziness. His initial burst is fast and overwhelming. His technique needs some work, which could explain him falling this far.
5th Round, 133rd Overall Pick
Aaron Murray, Quarterback, Georgia
I couldn’t help myself, I took a second quarterback again late. Murray is as developed as I think he’s going to be, but that’s okay. He’s got good mechanics, good set up and delivery, and great intangibles. I’ve rated him as high as the 5th best QB in this class, but the injury concern has caused his draft stock to plummet. He’s one of 4-5 mid-late round QB’s that I believe could break out at some point. At worst, he’s a long term backup for Bridgewater, and at this spot is a low-risk gamble.
6th Round, 164th Overall Pick
De’Anthony Thomas, Running Back, Oregon
This is twice that Thomas has fallen to the sixth round for me, so I’m putting more stock that he may well be there when the Draft finally arrives. He’s disgustingly fast, clocking a 4.34 40 yard dash time on numerous occasions. He’s a true all purpose back and player, amassing major yardage as a Running Back, a Kick Returner, and a Receiver at Oregon. He’s third all time in all-purpose yards in school history, only behind Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James. I could say an awful lot about Thomas’s skills, but I’d rather just let you watch the highlights, because wow. He fast.
7th Round, 195th Overall Pick
Vinnie Sunseri, Safety, Alabama
I just can’t quit you Vinnie Sunseri. Sunseri has the honor of being the only player I’ve taken in ALL FOUR of my Mock Drafts, always dead last. 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.
Shawn is the Editor-In-Chief and Lead Writer for Dawg Pound Nation. He’s also an Army Sergeant, married to the beautiful and brilliant @MrsStarr, dad to three and aspiring Browns Writer. You can follow him on Twitter @ShawnMStarr or @DawgPoundNews, as well as on the Dawg Pound Nation Facebook Page.