Matt Miller of Bleacher Report put out a first round 2014 NFL Mock Draft while we look forward to his 7 rounder following the Super Bowl. Miller’s Mock is at the end of a great article looking at different players and angles from the Senior Bowl and things that he learned during his time down there. A few tidbits:
It’s worth noting that the scouts and coaches were raving about bigger-bodied players and downgrading smaller, slot receiver-style players.
Jimmy Garoppolo made himself considerable money this week if you ask one NFC West team I spoke with. Their staff raved about his play in Mobile against bigger, better competition than he faced at Eastern Illinois.
You’ll hear a ton of shorthand anytime you sit next to NFL scouts, but their one go-to phrase to describe an average player is to call him a “Jag,” and not the kind in Jacksonville.
Just-A-Guy is almost derogatory in its use, but it’s something you’ll see and hear often when scouts want to quickly classify a player as either a) below the level of his peers, or b) a guy they aren’t interested in adding to their roster.
Garoppolo is a interesting, Brian Hoyer like, quarterback from a small school. If the Browns decide to pass on a QB in the first round, highly unlikely, then Garoppolo could be an option. Others like Taj Boyd or Aaron Murray are also possible later round options.
The Browns have a need at wide receiver so its interesting that the bigger ones are making noise while the smaller, quicker ones are being downplayed. Could the Browns bring in one of both? Take a bigger receiver early with a smaller slot guy falling to them later in the draft?
As for Miller’s Mock Draft he has the Browns selecting Johnny Manziel, as most do at this point, and Allen Robinson at #26. Miller’s previous drafts have all focused on improving the Browns’ offense as much as possible so Robinson makes some sense. This writer thinks the Browns will probably look to add a free agent WR then spend a 2nd or 3rd round pick on another one.
What do you think of Robinson? Do you think the Browns should add a rookie, who might take time to develop, or spend money on a free agent?