As we all prepare for rumors and whispers from the Blake Bortles Pro Day, media are not invited to attend, we continue to look at quality Mock Drafts and how they see the Cleveland Browns reshaping their roster. As we stated yesterday expect most if not all Mock Drafts to have the Browns selecting a QB near the top of the draft. The real question becomes which QB and then who do they look at with the second first round pick. If the Browns do go with a QB to fill that need at the top of the draft expect them to go with the best player available with the second. That could eliminate the assumed WR that Browns fans are clamoring for. With their ear to the ground here is what SI has setup in their latest NFL Mock Draft:
4. Cleveland — Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
When was the last time the Browns had a quarterback with a little moxie and swagger to him? Bernie Kosar? Otto Graham? If I’m choosing between Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater, I’m taking the guy who has won in big-game settings and seems to relish all that comes with the glamor position of quarterback. After thriving in the SEC, and beating Alabama, Manziel won’t be awed taking the field in Baltimore, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.
With Bortles off the board to the Texans number 1 that leaves Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. Don Banks, who wrote this Mock, gives a great deal of credit to Manziel for playing under pressure in big games in the SEC over Bridgewater’s solid contributions against lower competition. The Browns would have options of Khalil Mack, who he has going 6th, Sammy Watkins, 7th, or Bridgewater 8th, but Banks sees Manziel as the pick.
26. Cleveland — Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
If the Browns don’t go quarterback at No. 4, this would be the slot to spend a pick on an arm like Fresno’s Derek Carr or Eastern Illinois’s Jimmy Garoppolo (or is that too reminiscent of the Brandon Weeden mistake in 2012 for Cleveland fans?). Alas, we’ve got the Brownies taking Manziel, so they’ll get him another receiving option to go along with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron at No. 26. Cooks made himself a viable first-round option with that mind-boggling 4.33 in the 40 at the combine.
A pick that will make many Browns fans happy is the selection of Cooks. Based on his size he fits more in the slot but his top end straight line speed means he can line up out wide. Banks has a bunch of receiving options taken off the board ahead of the Browns but Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson and others could fit better after the Bengals failed to Andrew Hawkins” href=”http://factoryofsadness.co/2014/03/18/bengals-match-browns-offer-andrew-hawkins/” target=”_blank”>match Andrew Hawkins offer sheet.
Cooks and Manziel, neither very large physically but both with dynamic gifts. Manziel is the QB that could get a GM/Coach fired in 3 years or explode and take them to the promised land. Are Browns fans up for a risk this year?