Mel Kiper’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports


As NFL Free Agency slows just a bit Mel Kiper’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Insider, $) hits to remind Cleveland Browns fans that the team has ammunition to still improve the franchise from the ground up. We covered just a bit ago a look forward in Free Agency for the Browns and now get to look forward to the NFL Draft from one of the gurus. Who does he have the Browns selecting at #4 and #26? How has free agency so far impacted it if at all? Lets take a look at the first 3 picks before we get to the Browns pick.

The first 3 picks will greatly impact the players available to the Browns. It is possible 2 quarterbacks will already be off the board by that time. Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack are three players that could interest the Browns as dynamic position players outside of QB, but some or all could be off the board before #4. Same with Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews who could go in the Top 3 and be off the board if the Browns want to upgrade on the Offensive Line.


In Kiper’s draft he has a surprising #1 pick in Mack to the Texans, the Rams taking Robinson to solidify their offensive line and Clowney to the Jags to finish off the new additions with the Jags defensive front 7. For the Browns this leaves all 3 QBs on the board as well as Watkins and Matthews. With that Kiper makes the following selection for the Browns:

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  • Jarod Cook

    Drafting Bortles and Benjamin in the 1st wouldn’t be to bad of a draft, they get a QB for the future and a big body to play WR2 but now for my fan annalists. At #4 my order of preference is Mack, Clowney, Robinson, Matthews, Watkins, Bortles, Bridgewater. Judging by the moves they’ve made so far in FA I’m assuming they’re targeting QB or OT at #4. Of the 3 QB’s I like Bortles the most reminds me a lot of Roethlisberger, needs a year to polish his skills though. Bridgewater is second he can jump in and take the reigns now if need be, but he has a small body frame for his size which could lead to injuries (which he has a history of injuries). IMO Manziel is the next Tebow great collage QB but won’t make it in the pros. His decision making is atrocities at times, and the way he doesn’t try to avoid hits is a major concern. Taking an OT at #4 speaks for it self, you win and lose games by the wars in the trenches. I’d take Watkins at #4 over on of these QB’s it would give the Browns one of the most dynamic receiving cores in the NFL, and lets face it nobody is tripping over them selves trying to get one of these QB’s. The pick at #26 is going to be interesting, depending on what they do at #4 will kind of dictate what they do with this pick. I haven’t seen his mock draft outside the top 10 so don’t know who went where. Personal i hope ILB Mosely falls to this spot, but i don’t think that’s going to happen. Outside of Watkins and Evens my favorite WR is Jordan Matthews. From what I’ve read and heard about him he sounds like he’s a finished product, he can work the outside and the slot, has good hands, and able to help out in the return game. Benjamin on the other hand isn’t a finished product he’s a limited route runner and is know for catching a case of the dropsies. They can probably wait till #35 and pick Matthews, but it wouldn’t be to much of a stretch to take him at #26 if he’s there guy, that being said my order of preference for #26 is OL/WR/LB/CB/QB.

    • Jared Mueller

      I hear you Jarod. I am not a big fan of Benjamin just because he is big doesn’t mean much. I think the QBs in the draft are starting to be devalued but not sure if that is just using the media to get the word out so they drop farther. I still would not be surprised if one of the big 3 drops to the Browns at 26, or a trade up gets them the guy in the early 20s.

      • Jarod Cook

        The only problem I’ve got taking 1 of these QB’s at #26 is look at the last 2 guy we drafted in the late 1st rd. Quinn was supposed to be a top 10 player, but I personal thought he was overrated much like these QB’s are in this draft. It didn’t help him that he came to the Browns, who at the time really had no receiving core and no real running game. At least now we have Gordon and Cameron, and 2 serviceable RB’s. Then there’s Weeden Who they reached for and took in the late 1st. I personal thought it was a stupid pick when it happened, I was hoping they were going to tack Decastro and help solidify the OL. Maybe if Bortles or Bridgewater fall to #26 I’ll accept 1 of those 2, but don’t see that happening. IMO they need to wait till the first pick in the 3rd rd to grab a QB. In this area I can see Carr, Garopollo, McCarron, and Mettenberger all QB’s that need some polish but have good upside.