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:
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.
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.
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.
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
With the 164th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…
With the 195th selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…
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