Earlier in the week we look at the Four 2014 NFL Mock Drafts from the CBS Sports guys. In those Mock’s the Browns drafted all 3 of the Big 3 QBs including one trade up to get the QB of their choosing. The straggler is Will Brinson who presented his Mock Draft late Friday night. Does he join most of the world and give the Browns a QB or does he go off script? Who does he add to the team with #26? Lets take a look:
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-12) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Me doth think the Browns protest a bit much about their lack of interest in Mr. Football.
That Manziel is the pick is not a surprise, what is a surprise though is the way Brinson gets to the #4 pick. Blake Bortles goes #1 to the Texans, then the two players many Browns fans hope they draft instead of a quarterback, Sammy Watkins and Jadeveon Clowney, are off the board numbers 2 and 3. Come draft night this would be a very intriguing scenario for the Browns, and their faithfuls rooting interest. There would not be much value worth someone trading up with the Browns. Khalil Mack may not fit the system or a need. There are 2 high class offensive tackles in Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews, but the Browns may address the line in free agency. That leads to either drafting a QB or reaching for a player at another position that isn’t valued as high, say Mike Evans or Justin Gilbert. Tough decision but Brinson goes with Manziel.
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS) (4-12) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: The $100,000 winner is a high-character kid who can make an impact from the get go with whoever drafts him. Paired with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and John Football and all of a sudden the Browns offense is kind of interesting.
Another pick that is starting to make a lot of sense for the Browns, if he make it, is Cooks. Across from the big, strong and fast Gordon is the smaller, quicker Cooks. He can play inside and out and provide a dynamic threat keeping defenses honest. The question for Cooks is his overall ability as a WR, is he just a speed guy?, and ability to get off press coverage. Kyle Shanahan should be able to find creative ways to use him though. Ryan Shazier among others were still available here but after his blazing time in the 40 at his Pro Day, odds are he won’t be around when May comes. What do you think the Browns should do if Clowney and Sammy are off the board before they pick at 4? Not a lot of value for a team to trade up leaving the Browns with a pick to make. Would it be Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or a tackle? How does Mack fit into the situation?