With NFL Free Agency opening in 5 and a half hours we still have time to think about the draft before free agent moves blow most Mock Drafts up. CBS Sports has 2 up for us today to review quickly as a appetizer to free agency. Could anything the Cleveland Browns do today impact these two Mocks? Lets take a look:
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: The Browns have a new head coach and general manager so right now it’s anyone’s guess the direction the franchise wants to go in the draft. But quarterback is still a strong need and with Bridgewater on the board, Cleveland cannot pass on the chance to upgrade the position.
With Blake Bortles and Jadeveon Clowney off the board this pick could come down to Bridgewater, Sammy Watkins and Johnny Manziel. Brugler goes with Bridgewater here and most likely nothing the Browns do in free agency would highly impact this. If the Browns do indeed sign Dexter McCluster as well as another receiver it could take Watkins off the board for them. Then again it may not.
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: If the Browns go quarterback at No. 4 overall, their second first-round pick is a wildcard with several need areas on the roster. And with the recent release of veteran D’Qwell Jackson, inside linebacker shoots to the top of that list. Shazier would be an interesting fit in that role, but it’s one he could handle.
A favorite of this writer, Shazier could be a stellar ILB in the 3-4 defense. The Browns could add Karlos Dansby or Brandon Spikes which would lessen the need to go with a inside backer at this spot. Shazier or C.J. Mosley could be too good to pass up either way. If McCluster is signed smaller slot receivers like Brandin Cooks could get bypassed here.