Matt Miller from Bleacher Report, who does an amazing job of breaking down football, published his 7 Round Mock Draft. Putting together a 1st Round Mock can be tough, to do all 7 is amazing. Following the completion of his draft Miller tweeted out the following:
I’m so excited about the fictional offense I’ve built the #Browns in this mock draft. Link coming tonight.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 30, 2013
So lets take a look at his Browns draft.
The Pick: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Prior to Manziel being selected, Miller has Teddy Bridgewater, Sammy Watkins and Blake Bortles off the board in that order. Adding Manziel to the Browns offense, especially with the Josh McDaniels rumors, could be very exciting. Manziel has large hands, mobility and a strong enough arm. His mechanics anId footwork has improved this year as well as his comfort in the pocket. Other possible selections still available is Derek Carr, Brett Hundley and Jake Matthews. Who the head coach is could greatly impact this pick.
The Pick: WR Odell Beckham, LSU
Right now the Colts pick falls at #28 but could rise, or fall, based on playoff results. Beckham has been on Miller’s radar for the Browns for a few months. Miller is quoted as saying “Using the selection they stole from the Indianapolis Colts…” should give more confidence in the front office. Beckham is a physical receiver to be used in the passing game, but blocks well in the run game. Other receiving options like Marqise Lee, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron and others were already off the board at this point. Allen Robinson from Penn State was available at WR as well as number of big name, big schooled players like Bradley Roby and Taylor Lewan.
The Pick: DE Stephon Tuitt
Miller has the Browns bringing in more front 7 defensive help before adding to the offensive line or the defensive backfield. Tuitt is a solid player out of Notre Dame and could shore up the line if moved to a 4-3 or if Aytabah Rubin is cut. Roby and Lewan are still on the board at this point, with Roby not going until the 19th pick in the 2nd round.
The Pick: RB Lache Seastrunk
Carlos Hyde was selected at the top of the 3rd round, and may not be a fit for the front offices, or new coaching staffs, philosophy. Instead Miller has the Browns go with Seastrunk out of Baylor. Seastrunk was in Art Briles high powered offense and should fit well with Manziel and whatever offense is brought in. He doesn’t have the size for an everydown back like Hyde but that may not be the Browns vision.
The Pick: CB Vic Hampton
With the pick gained from the 2013 draft day trade with the Steelers the Browns pick up physical but short corner from South Carolina. Miller looks to add to the Browns secondary late on the second day of the draft. The Browns may look to add a DB in free agency as well.
The Pick: OLB Morgan Breslin
Breslin, a top OLB prospect out of USC, was injured in November and missed the rest of the season. Expected to be a high pick before the injury Breslin would be a huge depth pick for the Browns who weren’t blown away by free agent addition Paul Kruger or #6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo.
The Pick: CB Jaylen Watkins
With the pick picked up from the Colts in the 2013 draft the Browns double up on their DB need with Watkins. Watkins adds size and speed to the defensive backfield at 6 foot tall. A senior Watkins has experience to come in and make an impact in the nickel or dime packages.
The Pick: FS Terrence Brooks
Into the 5th round and the Browns continue to attack needs in the secondary, this time with a safety to compete with Tashaun Gipson. Brooks a former corner has coverage skills and is valued by NFL teams. His senior year was not full of eye popping stats but he has another game, the National Title Game, to show off and help his Seminoles win a title.
The Pick: OT Wesley Johnson
In the 6th Miller has the Browns adding the experienced Johnson. Johnson started 50 games at Vanderbilt. A 6’5″ tackle could allow the Browns to move Mitchell Schwartz inside to guard if he takes to the game as quickly as expected. Johnson was a First Team All SEC player this year, showing that even at Vanderbilt he was able to garner coaches attention.
The Pick: DT Eathyn Manumaleuna
The Browns finish Miller’s draft with Manumaleuna. Manumaleuna was First Team All Independent Team this year from his DT position. He played offensive line in high school and shows some good athleticism for a big guy. Developmental quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Kenny Guiton were selected later in the 7th round.
Following Miller’s draft the Browns would have their QB of the future, a solid physical #2 receiver, a good runner and depth and talent on the defensive line and backfields. Manziel may fight with Brian Hoyer to start in 2014 but should be ready by 2015. Receivers take time to develop so low expectations for Beckham and Seastrunk will fight with Edwin Baker and Dion Lewis for playing time early. Much of the success of these players, and if they are even selected by the Browns, depends on the coach brought in.
How do you feel about Miller’s draft? Who would you have not selected? Who would you have selected instead? Did he do enough for the offensive line and defensive backfield for your liking?