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: