Todd McShay of ESPN has come out with his second NFL Mock Draft (Insider, $). McShay has Jadeveon Clowney going #1 overall, offensive tackle Greg Robinson #2 to the Rams and Teddy Bridgewater the first QB off the board to the Jaguars. That leaves the Browns on the board with Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Jake Matthews and Blake Bortles all still on the board. And the pick is….
4Blake Bortles* Cleveland Browns (4-12) COLLEGE: UCF AGE: 21 HT: 6-4 WT: 228 POS: QB
Analysis: The Browns need a quarterback, and Bortles has the physical tools and mental makeup to develop into a good NFL starter. He will not wow scouts with a big-time arm, and, like most young quarterbacks, he can become more consistent with his decision-making. However, Bortles does have enough arm strength to make all the NFL throws, and unlike many college QBs I study on tape, Bortles sees the entire field, stands strong in the pocket and shows the ability to go through NFL-type progressions. He also has the prototypical size, accuracy, pocket presence and mobility to make plays with his legs. One thing to keep in mind: New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan coached a narrow-framed mobile QB in Robert Griffin III in Washington who dealt with injury issues, so he might appreciate having a mobile QB with a bigger, sturdier frame.
So for the first time, that this writer has seen, a national writer has the Browns selecting someone other then Manziel where Manziel is still available at #4. His note on Shanahan’s experience with RG3 is interesting as it goes against conventional wisdom. Most believe that Shanahan’s history makes Manziel the selection. McShay’s high praise of Bortles is exciting. Matt Miller extorts Bridgewater while Brenden Leister pushes the virtues of Manziel. Then with the 26th selection McShay has the Browns selecting…
26Davante Adams* Cleveland Browns (4-12) (from IND) COLLEGE: Fresno State AGE: 21 HT: 6-2 WT: 212 POS: WR
Analysis: In this scenario the Browns got their quarterback at No. 4 overall in UCF’s Blake Bortles, and their other top needs are guard, running back, wide receiver and cornerback. TCU CB Jason Verrett would be a good value pick, but adding a reliable No. 2 WR to complement Josh Gordon wouldn’t be a bad idea at all. Adams is a good-sized WR who had exceptional college production. While he can improve his route-running efficiency, he shows good burst out of his cuts to separate and effectively uses his bigger frame to shield defenders. I also have yet to see him drop a pass in five games I’ve studied on tape.
Like many others McShay has the Browns selecting a WR. That last line about not dropping any passes is encouraging to Browns fans who have watched the Greg Little show. In McShay’s draft many playmakers are off the board at this time, both WR, TE as well as CBs. Adams’ size is intriguing but his inability to run crisps route could be a problem. Also of concern is that wide receivers tend to develop slowly and this is a deep draft for receivers.
So McShay has the Browns adding a QB and WR but not the ones that many expect. What do you think about the first round if these players are added? Where do you have Bortles ranked among the quarterbacks that are available? What do you know about Adams? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.