As the 2014 NFL Draft season continues one player in particular will continue to cause issues for those creating Mock Drafts: Johnny Manziel. Most have him ranked 15th or lower on their “Big Boards” but acknowledge he will most likely go high in the first round. This means many expect teams to value the quarterback position and Manziel’s unique skill set so much that they “overdraft” him. Obviously we have no idea what any actual team’s boards look like but it is likely that he is causing a similar concern for teams as well. For the first time we have a Mock Draft that does not include Manziel in the first round, this time by former QB Shaun King.
The Johnny Manziel conundrum is one the more interesting evaluation dilemmas to hit NFL evaluators in a long time. I don’t have him being drafted in the first round. Not because I don’t think he has a chance to be a good player, but because I don’t think teams will be able to come to an internal consensus on him.
For the Browns King has the following selections:
4. Cleveland Browns
Needs: QB, RB, OG
The pick: Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson) – The most electrifying playmaker in the draft, Watkins is explosive in and out of routes and a home-run threat every time he touches the ball. I think the Browns will draft a QB, just not at No. 4. The threesome of Watkins, Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron would give the Browns the best group of young pass catchers in the league.
26. Cleveland Browns
Needs: QB, RB, OG
The pick: Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State) – I know, I know, no QB here. I think the Browns again bypass QB and go best available. Roby gives them an outstanding tandem of corners (opposite Joe Haden) and a tremendous back end assuming they re-sign T.J. Ward. Mike Pettine is a defensive-minded head coach and will be licking his fingers drawing up ways to get to the QB with Roby and Haden covering.
Adding a WR and CB when King notes the Browns 3 needs as QB, RB and OG is very interesting. It is doubtful the Browns would allow Manziel past their #26 pick if he reached them there. It is more likely that the Browns, or another team, would start to look to move up in the first to snag Johnny Football after picking another position earlier in the first. Pairing Watkins with Gordon and Roby with Haden would beef up to need areas but leave the Browns thin at QB, LB and the offensive line.
What odds would you give that Manziel falls out of the first? Have you created your full mock draft yet? Where do you find the best fit for him? The lowest spot he may drop to? Do you like the Watkins/Roby draft from King?