Multiple Mock Drafts have come out over the past few days. We will look at CBS Sports, SB Nation’s Steelers site, Walter Football and Bleacher Report. We will look at the Browns picks separating each first round picks and convering 2nd and 3rd round picks when available. Our thoughts will follow each section.
1st Round Pick (Their Own)
13. CLEVELAND BROWNS Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson: Under new ownership, the Browns front office and coaching staff was completely rebuilt this past off-season, and the new regime believes in the process and has a long-term plan in place. And part of that plan is finding an impact signal caller that will help turn the franchise from perennial loser to consistent winner. Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer will get their chance in 2013, but if the Browns have this high of a pick, look for a young gun, like Boyd, to be targeted by Cleveland.
13. CLEVELAND BROWNS Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: With a multitude of picks (including two first rounders due to the Trent Richardson trade), the Browns appear to have the ammunition to move up, if necessary, to get their quarterback of their choice. If they don’t, the team may elect to gamble on Mettenberger, who has made great strides this season at LSU under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
13. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
The Browns are a team on the rise, unfortunately they are also stuck in a division with the Ravens, Bengals, and Steelers and until they can find a franchise QB they will be stuck in the AFC North cellar. The front office doesn’t seem sold on Brandon Weedenand Brian Hoyer was playing like Joe Montana before going down with a torn ACL. Manziel has some maturity problems but would be a good fit for Rod Chudzinki and Norv Turner’s offense.
11. Cleveland Browns: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Sorry, but Brian Hoyer wasn’t the long-term answer. Even when he comes back form the injury, he’s not going to be able to turn this team around. The Browns need a franchise quarterback, plain and simple. Boyd has looked fantastic so far and has shown great presence in the pocket. He’s a big quarterback with the speed to avoid the pressure and take off if necessary.
Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Boom. The Browns once again send shock waves through the NFL with an unexpected move. It’s a solid draft choice, however, given that Cleveland needs a franchise quarterback. Brian Hoyer played well thus far, but he unfortunately won’t get a chance to prove himself because he’s out for the year. Johnny Manziel is a giant douche. Scouts told us that he looked like a first-rounder prior to his off-the-field antics. I dropped him into Day 2, but there’s once again first-round buzz building for him in the wake of his performance against Alabama. Ultimately, he has too much talent not to go on Thursday. Michael Lombardi won’t care too much about Manziel’s personality flaws. Remember, Lombardi was head over heels for Ryan Mallett despite his off-the-field issues.
Thoughts: Obviously QB is what the Browns are expected to draft. With these drafts the Browns are drafting no higher then #11 and as low as #16 which limits their QB options. Two Manziel and two Boyd selection at this point in the draft is not surprising. Mettenberger is a new name and would be viewed highly negatively by the fan base but has the size and arm strength for the league. His tuteledge under Cam Cameron also is helpful. Some of the drafts don’t have Marcus Marriotta or Brett Hundley coming out which limits the Browns options for their first pick.