Today we cover a very interesting 2014 NFL Mock Draft. A group of “Experts,” my word not theirs, have come together to give you a Mock Draft via Twitter. You can see the Mock Draft here, a Google Doc, and you can see the Mock unfold via Twitter searching the hashtag #3for3draft. We will look at the Browns’ draft first then a couple of interesting things we see unfolding from this draft made up of multiple people, instead of just one person’s thoughts.
Browns Draft (3 Rounds) – Dane Brugler
#4 – Blake Bortles - Bortles is a top-10 talent in this draft class and while there might be more talented players available (Clowney), the need to acquire a QB capable of leading the Browns to double-digit wins is paramount. And I think Bortles could be that guy for the Browns here.
#26 – Brandin Cooks – Pair this speedster with Josh Gordon and Hoyer/Bortles has more than enough weapons to lead a productive offense.
#35 – Lamarcus Joyner – He’s 5-8, 185 but he plays 6-2 and 225. And he can play on my football team anytime, lining up at FS and nickel
#71 – Antonio Richardson – Browns have their new right tackle, pushing Mitchell Schwartz inside which solves one of the guard problems. Richardson has some technique issues and needs to develop his consistency, but he has all the tools to be a 10-year starter in the league.
#83 – Jaylen Watkins – I was tempted to double up on OL in the 3rd round with Billy Turner here, but Watkins is an excellent player and every team could use another cover man with versatile experience. I was tempted to go RB here, but with 2 picks in the 4th round (not in this mock), I feel confident I can land a quality back next round.
In the first 3 rounds Brugler adds the Browns future QB in Bortles, a receiver with a different skill set, ie speed, in Cooks, 2 defensive backs and a offensive tackle. In this Mock both Manziel and Bridgewater are off the board, as well as Greg Robinson leaving the Browns to pick from Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney and Bortles. For the Browns this may be the best case scenario having a QB and those two left on the board. They either get one of elite 4 prospects, their QB or they could trade down with someone (Atlanta) trying to leap the Raiders for Clowney and still get either a QB or the other prospect.
Cooks is a name that will be linked to the Browns but should concern many. Is he just a workout wonder full of speed or can he be a complete WR? If the Browns do go WR in this draft Kelvin Benjamin, the big one, Marqise Lee, the precise one and Allen Robinson, the well rounded one are all available to be selected instead of Cooks. With the depth at the position the Browns could easily put off this need and look for a WR in the second, and even third, round.
In the second round Joyner has the Browns selecting Joyner over local product Bradley Roby as well as a number of bigger names. According to Brugler Joyner is a do everything kind of guy that could fit Mike Pettine’s safety requirements as well as play nickel corner. His size should be a concern, no matter how big he plays, with the Browns full of smaller corners in a big receiver league. Adding another corner in the 3rd also is surprising but given many of the ILB off the board at that time it makes some sense. Adding Richardson, and sliding Schwartz over, is a 2 for 1 kinda deal that would benefit the team as a whole.
Overall a good draft that lacks the pizzazz that many Browns fans are hoping for. Now on to a few thoughts from the draft as a whole: