We reviewed a number of 2014 NFL Mock Drafts yesterday, including the Dual CBS Sports Mock Drafts and SI’s Two Round Mock Draft. Today we look at a 2014 NFL Mock Draft that seems to be the dream scenario that makes all Browns fans happy. This Mock Draft is posted by a trusted analyst from the Twittersphere.
4. Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
This is the expected landing spot for Johnny Manziel, and it’s certainly a place I could see him landing. However, I’ve heard too many times that a legitimate fall is possible for Manziel on draft day. Until I hear completely otherwise, I’ll think the Browns look for an impact player at the 4th overall pick. Watkins and Josh Gordon will make any quarterback successful.
Drafting Watkins would make many fans happy who watched the electric wide receiver light up the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl. Watkins had a great Combine proving his athletic talent that shows up on tape. Watkins paired with Gordon would be huge for the Browns. Not taking a QB #4 shows confidence in Brian Hoyer or a second tier QB in this draft, and the coaching staff’s ability to coach them up.
26. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Manziel could go a lot higher, and most reports are that he won’t leave the top-10. The Browns at 4th overall are the most obvious fit, but if signs are that he’ll fall on draft day, they’d be wise to consider waiting on Manziel to the mid to late first round. The Browns need a franchise quarterback, and Manziel, with time, can fill that void.
This mock has Manziel falling all the way to the Browns at 26. Its possible that the Browns would look to move up in the draft if they see a QB start to fall. After the Browns at #4, the Raiders, Bucs and Vikings are possible landing spots for QBs. This mock has Derek Carr going to the Vikings, which fits their need for a big armed QB. The Titans at #11, the Cardinals at #20 and the Chiefs at #23 could also look to add a QB to develop behind their current starters. Carr is also a possibility to the Browns at #26 but doesn’t excite some Browns fans as much as Manziel.
The pairing of Manziel and Watkins would electrify the fan base and give the Browns an exciting offense. This writer thinks Hoyer should start for a year and let whatever QB is drafted sit, which could throw cold water on the fun the fans want with Manziel. Watkins being able to be a #2 receiver could quicken his development, rookie WRs normally develop slow. What do think of that pairing?