Todd McShay’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Todd McShay has come out with his third draft of his 2014 NFL Mock Draft this morning (Insider, $). While many things can change between now and May, McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. give interesting looks at who they think the teams should take and why. We will take a look at the Cleveland Browns two First Round picks nad how McShay sees Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine working together to improve the team.

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts on the sideline against the Duke Blue Devils during the first quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

4 - Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns (4-12) COLLEGE: Texas A&M AGE: 21 HT: 5-11 WT: 207 POS: QB

Analysis: The mantra for the Browns is the same as for the Jaguars: take the best available QB. They’ll be pulling hard for Clowney and Robinson to be among the top three picks so they have some choices here, but in this scenario the only guy among our first round-worthy QBs is Manziel. I don’t know if he’s an ideal fit or if he’d be the Browns’ first choice, but I’m not worried about his size or arm strength as it relates to playing in cold weather. If I had to rank the top three QBs in terms of arm strength, I’d go Bridgewater, Manziel and Bortles, without much difference among the three. And Manziel’s 9 7/8-inch hands are plenty big enough to grip the ball in cold weather.

McShay has the Browns taking whatever QB is available. With Bridgewater and Bortles off the board that means that Manziel is the pick. For this draft the Browns would have the option of Sammy Watkins and Greg Robinson but McShay has decided a QB is the pick no matter what. The only way McShay would have a non-QB here is if all 3 were off the board. Its interesting, and appreciated, that McShay ranks the Browns QB options. Many think Bortles, with his size and athletic ability, fits in the AFC North style and need. Manziel’s hand size can be used to show that he can fit in the cold weather but his overall build brings up concerns for durability.
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  • Letterman007

    I realize that this is not your draft, however McShay is all wrong!! They will not take a QB at 4. Theses quarterbacks, the big four, will drop on draft day as the smoke screens disappear and reality comes to light!!!

    • Jarod Cook

      I agree with you. If they draft Manziel they’ll being looking for another QB in 2-3 years, and have wasted #4 pick. Only QB i like of the top 3 is Bortels he reminds me of Rothselburger, big guy with strong arm. He needs 1-2 years to develop, but the Browns need immediate help at other positions.

      • Letterman007

        They need to take value, plus need into the equation when picking, and with no clear cut QB can’t miss candidate this year, let’s get the best we can at a position of need!! Then later see about a QB when the value matches the pick!!

        • Jarod Cook

          IMO best thing Browns could do is trade down, and acquire more picks. At #4 Clowney is gone, all the QBs are not top 10 worthy, and taking Watkins doesn’t seem feasible. He might be the best WR in draft but it’s so deep at that position, it would be a waste to grab a guy who’s going to be WR2. If there dead set on staying at #4 I’d like to see them take Mack or best available OT. I think Mack with his athleticism, size and instincts would be able to transition to ILB. And lets face it if they bring in anyone to help the OL it would drastically help out, from what they had last year.

          • Letterman007

            Mack is a good candidate, but remember, one slip by Gordon and Watkins goes from #2 to #1. They just resigned Robertson at ILB and they can fill Jackson’s spot in free agency with a LB from Buffalo that is familiar with the D. There are good guards and tackles available in free agency and they could get one to groom in the later rounds!! They traded Julio and missed A J Green by a slot or two, think what a nightmare Gordon and Watkins would be together for opposing teams!!

          • Jarod Cook

            Don’t get me wrong I like Watkins, he pretty much reminds me of Gordon. The way that they both can burn you with speed, as well as make one move on a 5 yard pass and turn into 20+ yard gain. But there are other WR in the draft like Robinson, Adams, and Cooks who need a little more polish but have the same skill set. And the Browns can get them at 26/35. I believe Gordon has learned from his mistake and realizes what the consequences of slipping up are. It could end up costing him millions when he goes in for contract negotiations with the Browns or any other team. Also check out Jeff Janis he’s supposed to be picked some where between rds 4-7 he’s 6’3″ and ran 4.42 at combine. Only reason I know about him was cause my friend played with him in high school, so i went and YouTubed him and saw some of highlights. He played in DIV 2 but he’s a legit talent, definite sleeper in the draft.

          • Letterman007

            OK, which side of this team needs the most help, offense or defense? Offense, as it was promised last year when the only offensive player gotten, basically, was Bess a large bust! time to get offense and get a proven, move right into the starting line up, don’t need to polish or teach to much, receiver with a top ten pick!! Sammy is the one and only, he is Travis Benjamin with hands and size!! They obviously have a plan to replace Ward and Jackson or they wouldn’t have let them walk and I think it’s in free agency! They will pick up a couple defensive player’s in the draft, no doubt! But their main concern should be offense as it is, by far the weaker of the two units!
            I’m sire coach Pettine wants a couple of his better playmakers on the Defense and that’s what is going on here. But the offense must come first this draft and free agency as it was passed over last year and you see where that got us!! You must have some semblance of offense to move forward with more than 4 wins!!

          • Jarod Cook

            I agree the offense needs more help then Defense, But there’s a lot more depth on the offensive side of the draft. You can wait till rounds 2/3/4 and still get quality offensive players. Looking at FA they probably let Ward walk, and bring in Byrd. Also get a CB either Sam Shields, or Tarell Brown, pick up a LB and 1 or 2 OL. I hope they stay away from RB all the ones in FA don’t excite me. They have Ogbonnaya and Whitaker both showed they can produce, and can pick up 1 or 2 in the draft.

          • Letterman007

            You said it, the offense needs are most and your defense is getting help threw the free agency!! Enough, the first three or four picks in the draft should be offensive! Defense had last years first pick and just about all the free agents and the rest of the draft!! It’s the offense that gets it this year, what did the O get last tear Devon Bess and Gilkey and that was it!! We fix the offense first and it needs the most explosive player in the draft, WATKINS !!! Also the next couple of picks to get a QB and tackle or guard!! Then we can have a defensive player chosen, like an ILB, then back to offense! That’s better than the O got last year, a 7th round pick!!!

          • Jarod Cook

            I personal am a fan of defense, so I lean more to wanting defensive players. I like to see them take 1 defensive player with 1 of the first 3 picks, 1 in the 3rd and in the 4th. Rounds 5-7 look to fill needs and add depth. Did you see the new 7rd mock? That’s kinda along the lines of how I’d like the draft to go.

          • Letterman007

            No I have not seen the new mock, although I’ve seen quite a few! The one I liked only had one round but it had Watkins at #4 and had them taking Hyde at #26, which I wouldn’t do , but Carr was available there, so I’d have taken him! We need to see what they do in free agency, I think they will concentrate on defense there as not much offense that is good value out there! If they get Byrd and Sam Shields for DB’s and Safeties and an ILB, like the FA from the Bills, they would have picked up most of their needs on D !! Maybe get a tackle or guard and that’s it!! Now the offense needs those picks in the draft and again the Defense has been tended too!! Take a pick in the 3rd and one in the 4th for depth and to bring along!