FoS’s Weekly Friday 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Which QB for the Cleveland Browns?

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball past Duke Blue Devils linebacker David Helton (47) during the third quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday we covered Todd McShay’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft (Click here for our writeup, full ESPN post is an Insider($) post) and then Mel Kiper Jr.’s Mock Draft (Same Deal as McShay’s here )In the past we have used the Draft Simulator from Fan Speak, which uses player and position value as well as team need to formulate possible selections for the teams while you select for the team you want. This tool is fun to run multiple simulations, as we have done in the past, to play the what if game. So if you want to knock out a Mock Draft of your own but don’t have time to sit down, like we are here, and do the entire draft then jump over to Fan Speak. Now on to our FoS Weekly Friday 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

1. Houston Texans
Johnny Manziel
QB, Texas A&M

  • At this point, the way to early point, we expect this pick to be either Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney. Manziel has been given mid to late first round grades by many in the industry but based on his upside and the need for a franchise quarterback on every team the Texans go with him here. Clowney would solidify their defense while allowing the Texans to pick up a second round QB like AJ McCarron.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson
OT, Auburn

  • The Rams, with this gifted high pick from the Redskins take Robinson over Jake Matthews. The Rams swing for the fences as Robinson’s athleticism is high and could be a dramatic impact player. Matthews is solid but may have a lower upside. The Rams could look at Sammy Watkins but are scared off by his injury history being added to their small, injury prone receivers. Clowney is also an option here but with their front 4 already solid the Rams look to protect Sam Bradford.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina

  • The Jaguars have a difficult decision here: Draft one of the top 3 QBs or draft a once in a generation defender. With Gus Bradley as their head coach its very possible that the Jags choose Clowney here and build their defense around him. With Clowney causing havoc the Jags can start to duplicate Bradley’s Seahawks defense that won the Super Bowl this year. The Jags can go with Chad Henne for another year before looking to add Marcus Mariotta or Jameis Winston next year. This draft is deep in second tier QBs as well so a 2nd or 3rd rounder is not out of the question either.

4. Cleveland Browns
Teddy Bridgewater
QB, Louisville

  • Bridgewater is the safe pick at QB in this draft with many, including Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, swearing by him. While he has a small frame he has shown great accuracy and enough arm strength. The Browns will choose between the lower ceiling/higher floor Bridgewater and the high risk pick of Blake Bortles. Bortles fits the dynamic dual threat QB that this front office has seemed most intrigued by so far. Bridgewater’s current resume keeps him here at this time. Is a Geno Smith like fall possible for the once presumed #1 overall pick? Last year at this time Smith was assumed at the minimum in the top 5.

5. Oakland Raiders
Jake Matthews
OT, Texas A&M

  • The Raiders go with the bedrock tackle to start to have a foundation for their team. Bortles is an option here but the Dennis Allen is looking to save his job and may not be sold on the “prototypical” Raiders QB (that didn’t work out well with Jamarcus Russell). Matthews should be dropped in at LT and forgot about for multiple years, similar to Joe Thomas in Cleveland.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Cleveland Browns

  • [email protected]

    Sorry – all the folks saying the Steelers will take an OL in the 1st round are wrong. The correct pick here would be on the D side of the ball – either CB, S, or one of the impact DLs. The O averaged over 28 pts/game for the second half of the season and gave up just a bit more than 1 sack/game during that 8 game span, so clearly defense is the priority. I’m thinking that with Dennard gone, this pick is Clinton-Dix or Justin Gilbert.

    • Jared Mueller

      Does that mean Mike Adams is believed to be a quality LT for years to come? Pouncey is good obviously, just not sure they have a LT at this point. Could be wrong for sure. If they cut Taylor I could see Gilbert. Anything is possible in the draft that is 3 months away.

      • [email protected]

        Jared, I think they will make Adams their RT where he belongs (he played well there before he was annointed our starting LT, not sure why Tomlin decided that made sense….), draft an OL in like the 2nd or 3rd round (there is a kid from UTennessee that is supposed to be available to the Steelers in the 3rd round if you believe things this far in advance of the draft), take their current RT and use him as a backup for both tackle positions. Don’t get me wrong – I would love the Steelers to draft a true stud LT but I don’t think one worth pick 15 will be there and our needs are overwhelmingly on the D side of the ball at this point.

      • [email protected]

        BTW, as strange and unique as it may seem although I am a Steelers fan first and Eagles fan 2nd, I actually like the Browns – my Dad dropped me on my head when I was a baby!!! I think the Browns are very, very close to becoming dangerous (if you can consider a team being very, very close without a franchise QB). Although the D seemed to drop off this past year from the year before, the offense looked pretty good with Hoyer at QB and if you guys get like Manziel or Bortles you could be a year or two away…..

  • Gary

    Bridgewater would be best pick for Browns. Manziel would not thrive in Browns scheme. Offense isn’t set up for him and I don’t think he is the answer for their future quarterback.
    Although Bortles looks good too. Couldn’t go wrong picking either Bridgewater or Bortles.

    • Jared Mueller

      I like, not love Bridgewater, scared to death of Bortles but like him and unsure of Manziel. The new scheme could be interesting for him. For QBs accuracy, durability, good enough arm and big hands are the 4 keys for me.