Well, that last mock got a lot (emphasis on a lot) of negative feedback, but hey, it comes with the business. Analysts really get shots fired at them, but you go back, look at more things and you come up with a second. That’s what I did, looked at the comments, took in the feedback and here I am.
*Note that this draft started before the combine ended, and as of today Bortles was the No. 1 pick for McShay and Kiper.*
First Round, 4th Overall — Blake Bortles, QB, University of Central Florida
-Previous Picks: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A
You guys clearly didn’t like taking Manziel at #4 and neither did I. Problem is, I really don’t like taking Watkins either. Watkins isn’t tall enough for me. I want two Josh Gordon’s on the field, two tall receivers that can win a jump ball. Anyway, back to Bortles. He reminds me of an Andrew Luck. He has pocket presence but can avoid the pressure and make plays with his feet like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWgzVFjVOxg) This pick is more enticing than Johnny Football, but when I started the last mock, Banner was still here and was head-over-heels for him, so I feel better with this pick.
-Next Best if Not Available: (Sadly) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A
First Round, 26th Overall — David Yankey, G, Stanford
-Previous Picks: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
This guy is big. He is 6”6’ and 315 pounds, the same size as Joe Thomas and I see this kid He looking like Thomas. He can bulldoze defenders and push the pile. He was an amazing run blocker, cutting holes open and pushing the way clear and this excites me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS2Zw-CbBho). He makes time for plays, he moves defenders where he needs them to go and that could be essential for a mediocre run game like Cleveland has.
-Next Best if Not Available: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, Towson
Second Round, 35th Overall — Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
-Previous Picks: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
This time Benjamin fell to the second round and I think that’s fair enough. This wide receiver fits the Brown’s offense the best. He’s tall and athletic like our main guy Josh Gordon. Sure, Benjamin drops balls occasionally due to his inconsistent approach to catching a ball, but with time and training I think that can be reversed. Working with Gordon might help there too. I love this kid’s power, combined with his speed (i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWIzcViQu1o) He can catch it on the run, and break through tackles and spin through them and that type of play in the NFL is explosive and can give the opposing defense nightmares.
-Next Best if Not Available: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Third Round, 71st Overall — Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State University
-Previous Picks: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Carlos Hyde is the thunder to Dion Lewis’ lightning. This explosive combination should be able to get it done in Cleveland. Hyde makes you tackle him with more than one guy and he was fun to watch on Saturday Afternoons at Ohio State. He may not have great speed but he can still beat you to the corner (i.e.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPju8Qn4NgE) He’s also elusive and explosive, Cleveland definitely shouldn’t pass on him here.
-Next Best if Not Available: Terrance West, RB, Towson
Third Round, 83rd Overall — Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State University
-Previous Picks: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
I know, two Ohio State picks in a row. Homage much? No. Our offensive line needs a shake up. Mewhort is another big guy. 6” 6’, 309 pounds and a lot of power. Mewhort blocked for Hyde and I think there’d be a connection between a guy and the guy making holes for him. Mewhort knows what Hyde wants and would know how to block for him. Mewhort and Yankey bring size and power, and could make Cleveland’s ground game noticeable.
-Next Best if Not Available: Anthony Steen, G, Alabama
Fourth Round, 102nd Overall — Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
-Previous Picks: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
I’m still sticking with this pick. As said before, it’d be best for Skrine if he was in the nickel, and picking Jaylen here would put him there. Watkins is 6” 2’, 3 inches taller than Haden and has about the same vertical as him. Haden jumped 35’ at his combine, Watkins jumped 35.5’. Watkins can read plays, and then make plays, he’s physical, tough, and doesn’t give up. I really like this pick and it will make the opposing offense find ways to score, rather than them just throwing to their number two receiver. (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8586520) He can read the QB’s eyes and jump in front of routes.
-Next Best if Not Available: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Fourth Round, 123rd Overall — Adrian Hubbard, ILB, Alabama
-Previous Picks: Adrian Hubbard, ILB, Alabama
I’m still sticking with Hubbard over Barrow mainly because of size. Hubbard weighs 30 pounds more and is 4 inches taller and I like his athleticism. He ran a 4.69 40 yard dash and has a vertical of 38.5 inches. And after the release of D’Qwell Jackson, the Browns need a playmaker in this position. (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9990260) Again, the play doesn’t even have time to develop and Hubbard is already back there sacking the guy.
-Next Best if Not Available: Lamin Barrow, OLB, Louisiana State
Fifth Round, 133rd Overall: DeAnthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
-Previous Picks: DeAnthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
I’m also sticking with this pick, at this point an explosive player like Thomas is too much for Cleveland to pass on. A 4.34 40 time and his elusiveness. That’s amazing raw talent, and I still don’t understand how he’s still falling to us here. He’s a 1st and 2nd down guy, followed by Hyde on third down. That’s an Ohio thunderstorm if I’ve ever seen one.
-Next Best if not Available: James Wilder Jr. RB, FSU
Sixth Round, 164th Overall: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia University
-Previous Picks: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
Rather than changing our secondary, I see that this fits better. The Browns didn’t get a lot of sacks from their D-Line blitzes and I think this guy will help. He’s big and athletic. He’s 6”6’ and ran a 4.72 40. I see him pushing around the corner, kind of like a Dwight Freeney. Spinning around and getting the quick TFL or sack.
-Next Best if Not Available: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
Seventh Round, 195th Overall: Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State
-Previous Picks: Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor
I was hoping this would be the first time Archer’s name would pop in a mock but unfortunately Shawn took him with his last one. Living 15 minutes away from Dix Stadium (close enough to hear the fireworks after a win) and being able to watch this guy was great. He’s explosive. He can play RB or WR and torch any defender. He was two, TWO ONE-HUNDREDTHS off of Chris Johnson’s record and that speed is wanted here in Cleveland.
Next Best if Not Available: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
Recap: This draft is one I feel more comfortable with and that’s mainly because when I started the last one, as I said, Banner and Lombardi were still here, but I was too far into scrap it. I hope you guys like this one more, because I know I do.