Mel Kiper's 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates a second half touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Blake Bortles Cleveland Browns (4-12) 
HT: 6-5 WT: 232 

Analysis: The Browns have already released Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. In other words, the writing is on the wall and the depth chart has a pretty big vacancy. So they’ll keep Brian Hoyer as a possible starter and draft a QB at this spot knowing it’s not such a bad place for a young QB to succeed, given their ability to pass-block up front and the fact that they have some dangerous weapons in the passing game in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Yes, I can see either Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel here, but this is a bet on where the Browns end up after evaluating all of them closely.

With possibly the best possible option for the Browns all 3 big QBs are on the board when they pick. Kiper has the team going with Bortles which fits the Browns long term need in the physical AFC North. Bortles could sit at least a year behind Brian Hoyer before taking over in the year. Most analyst agree that Bortles has the best combination of physical tools to go along with a high football IQ. Having a chance to sit and learn behind Hoyer with Kyle Shanahan may be the best place for him. As Kiper notes the Browns pass blocking will also help in his development when he gets on the field.

Now that the Browns have their QB of the future what will they do with pick #26?

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