This is my 6th Mock Draft, and the 2nd in which I’ve taken Sammy Watkins at 4. I still think he’s the best player on the board at that point, and I would like to see the Browns draft him. I changed things up quite a bit after that, so enjoy!
With the Fourth Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson.
Good teams do the right thing in the first round. They take the talent, the best available. In my opinion, the best player available at 4 was Sammy Watkins. We’ve written a lot about Watkins here at DPN, so I’m not going to beat it to death. He’s a special talent. Special talents don’t come around often. Coupled with Josh Gordon, as well as on the field with Andrew Hawkins and Travis Benjamin, the Browns will be able to overwhelm a lot of defenses just based on pure speed.
With the Twenty Sixth Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
I envision some changes coming to the Browns defense next season. At least one of the current outside linebackers is likely going to move inside. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably going to be Paul Kruger. If/when that happens, the Browns are likely to need another outside linebacker/edge rusher. Shazier would create an exciting outside tandem with last year’s #6 pick Barkevious Mingo. Like Mingo, Shazier will need to add some bulk/strength, but his flat out speed and excellent instincts should allow him to excel at the next level.
With the Thirty Fifth Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select G David Yankey, Stanford
As the Browns failed to address either of the massive holes in their offensive line at Guard so far this off-season, they’re almost certain to attempt to do so in the draft. I think David Yankey may be the most natural fit for a zone blocking scheme in this draft. He’s got great body control and lateral movement abilities. Additionally, I really like Yankey’s ability to square up on a target in motion, that coupled with his high intelligence make him a great candidate to operate in a Kyle Shanahan ZBS.
With the Seventy First Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
What I like about Jean-Baptiste is his size. He’s 6’3, 218 pounds. He isn’t as physical add you’d like for a player of his size, but he does has very good read abilities and comes across as a bit of a ball hawk. I very much like the option of a longer, bigger corner opposite Joe Haden.
With the Eighty Third Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois.
I can’t see any way around the Browns drafting a QB at some point in this draft. My hope is that they don’t gamble on Manziel/Bridgewater/Bortles early, but rather look to the early third round and Garoppolo, Murray or Mettenberger, in that order.
Garoppolo to me is probably the most intriguing quarterback prospect in this draft. The things I like the most about Garoppolo are his quick set up and delivery, his confidence in the pocket, and his short memory. He keeps a cool head in just about every situation, and in my experience those are the types of quarterbacks that thrive at the next level.
With the One Hundred Second Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select 102 RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
Don’t mistake this quote for a lack of confidence in a backfield of Ben Tate and Dion Lewis. I really do like the idea of that set. That said, it’s always wise to build depth at vital positions, and as last season proved, running back is important.
There are some facets of Bishop Sankey’s game that I legitimately love. He’s got excellent vision, sees holes and has good burst speed through them. Excellent lateral movement, he makes tacklers miss in tight spaces. He has a natural forward lean and impressive core strength to power through interior runs. Sankey has good durability, and has never missed a start at any level.
With the One Hundred Twenty Third Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select ILB Christian Jones, Florida State University.
I love Christian Jones. I honestly think he’s a second – third round talent, but he slipped to me in the third. Long term, I think Jones could easily develop into the Browns leader on defense in place of the recently released D’Qwell Jackson.
Jones is just a fantastic athlete. He’s big and lengthy, with fluid hips and motion. He can blanket tight ends and receivers, and is a solid tackler.
With the One Hundred Thirty-Third Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select DE George Uko, USC
When we get to around this point in the draft, we start looking more at talent and potential than necessarily production. George Uko fits that bill. He’s an interesting prospect from USC, who rotated through every position in every set on the USC defensive line. He’s played Nose Tackle, Defensive Tackle and Defensive End. He’s got outstanding initial burst, good hands and has more than enough athleticism to be a legitimate pass rush threat at the next level and collapse the pocket. He struggles against the run, so he has the potential to not be an every down lineman, but his upside is worth the gamble of a late fourth round pick.
With the One Hundred Sixty-Fourth Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select 64 WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley
Again, I’m going to try and hit on an under the radar guy with our late round picks. Jeff Janis, who you’ve never heard of, played WR for Saginaw Valley in college, which you’ve also never heard of. That means nothing to me in grading a prospect however. Janis is big ( 6’3″ tall, 219 pounds), fast (official 4.42 40 time at the combine, but he has been clocked as low as 4.30 and 4.32) and smart. More importantly, he catches anything near him. I’ve watched about an hour of film on him, including every target he got in 2013, and I’m sold. I’m convinced if he had played at a big name school, he would be a top 10 draft pick. It’s like that.
With the One Hundred Ninety-Fifth Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select 95 CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
Complete First Round:
1. QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, HOUSTON TEXANS
2. OT GREG ROBINSON, ST. LOUIS RAMS
3. OT JAKE MATTHEWS, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
4. WR SAMMY WATKINS, CLEVELAND BROWNS
5. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY, OAKLAND RAIDERS
6. OLB KHALIL MACK, ATLANTA FALCONS
7. OLB ANTHONY BARR, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
8. QB BLAKE BORTLES, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
9. ILB C.J. MOSLEY, BUFFALO BILLS
10. CB DARQUEZE DENNARD, DETROIT LIONS
11. S HA’SEAN CLINTON-DIX, TENNESSEE TITANS
12. OT TAYLOR LEWAN, NEW YORK GIANTS
13. WR JORDAN MATTHEWS, ST. LOUIS RAMS
14. DT AARON DONALD, CHICAGO BEARS
15. OT ZACK MARTIN, PITTSBURGH STEELERS
16. DE SCOTT CRICHTON, DALLAS COWBOYS
17. WR MIKE EVANS, BALTIMORE RAVENS
18. TE ERIC EBRON, NEW YORK JETS
19. CB JUSTIN GILBERT, MIAMI DOLPHINS
20. QB JOHNNY MANZIEL, ARIZONA CARDINALS
21. S JIMMIE WARD, GREEN BAY PACKERS
22. OLB DEE FORD, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
23. WR DAVANTE ADAMS, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
24. S CALVIN PRYOR, CINCINNATI BENGALS
25. DT LOUIS NIX III, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
26. OLB RYAN SHAZIER, CLEVELAND BROWNS
27. OLB KYLE VAN NOY, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
28. OT CAMERON FLEMING, CAROLINA PANTHERS
29. DT TIMMY JERNIGAN, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
30. DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
31. CB KYLE FULLER, DENVER BRONCOS
32. OT ANTONIO RICHARDSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
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.