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Tony Grossi’s “Stunning” 2014 NFL Mock Draft


As you wait with baited breath for FoS’ Weekly Friday 2014 NFL Mock Draft we bring you a “stunning” (their word) one. Tony Grossi is a polarizing media figure in Cleveland who now writes for ESPN Cleveland. Grossi seemed to have a personal issue with the previous regime even before Mike Lombardi was hired and worse after. Following that many Cleveland Browns fans have either come to love or hate him. What we know for sure is he tends to get people stirred up and he may have pulled it off once again with his newly published Mock Draft:

The Browns’ new football operations chiefs GM Ray Farmer and coach Ray Pettine have been unorthodox, to say the least, in the way they have scouted quarterbacks.

They didn’t interview any of the top prospects at the Combine.

They shunned the pro days of Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles (Johnny Manziel’s pro day is March 27).

And they refused to say why.

Are they being overly coy? Are they being derelict? Or have they simply moved beyond taking a quarterback in the first round of the draft?

Besides the forgivable misnaming of Coach Mike Pettine as Ray Pettine Grossi brings up a valid point regarding the team’s recent behavior towards the QBs available in this draft class. Is not interviewing them at the Combine and shunning the Pro Days a reason for concern related to their skills? A sign they won’t take a QB or that they just believe more in tape and their own private workouts? Lets see what Grossi thinks:

4. Cleveland: OT-OG Greg Robinson, Auburn

Future franchise tackle, present franchise guard?

Grossi has both Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel off the board by the time the Browns pick. Robinson is considered one of the 4 can’t miss prospects in this year’s draft along with Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins. It would come as no huge surprise if the Browns selected this mammoth tackle in May. If they do they are not going to slide him in at guard, instead they move Mitchell Schwartz inside and let Robinson maul people at right tackle.

26. Cleveland: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

For the second week in a row, the Buckeye is the choice.

As regular readers of FoS know this is a pick this writer loves. However in Grossi’s Mock Draft Teddy Bridgewater is still available at #26, with Derek Carr going #8 to the Vikings. If Bridgewater is on the board its doubtful they will pass on him. Instead if he starts to fall its easy to see the team looking to move up in the draft to take him. Adding Robinson with Bridgewater gives the team a solid foundation for the future on offense to go with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Unfortunately Grossi stops his Mock Draft there so we don’t know if he thinks Teddy would fall out of the first but if he did bidding at the top of the second would skyrocket. Last year at this time we didn’t think Geno Smith would fall as far as he did so anything could happen.

What do you think of Grossi’s “stunning” Mock Draft? Are you more stunned by the OT at #4 instead of Watkins, Mack or a QB or by the fact he has them skipping Bridgewater twice?

Tags: 2014 NFL Mock Draft Cleveland Browns Tony Grossi

  • Letterman007

    If you go with this draft, do you go with a QB at #35 and if so you must hope Garropolo is still there or get McCarron later in round three and where’s the wide receiver we need!! Why are we drafting Shazier when you just signed Dansby and drafted Mingo last year!?? Do they need an entire 12 man team of backers!?? There must be a need to draft someone, so evidently Mingo was a mistake last year? The bigger need is at wide out, we have all the olb’s we need, don’t forget Sheard and Kruger!! This was the year to build the O, they did the D last year and in free agency last and this year! How many picks or FA did the O get last year!? Let’s see, Bess and Gilkey ! It’s O’s turn now!!!

    • Jared Mueller

      Bad teams draft for need. Good teams draft the best players available based on their rankings. Current roster does impact the pick but more so when breaking ties.

      • Letterman007

        When the Browns turn into a good team then they can draft the best available!! they are not a good team yet, REMEMBER 4-12 last year!! They are by no means a good team yet and have more needs than best thats there!! This is the Browns Not the Seahawks or Bronco’s! The sixth or seventh round you draft the best in the first four you have to draft the best available at a position of need!! With the FA signings linebacker is not a big position of need and YOU can’t draft someone YOU LIKE because you like them !! I think we can both agree that the offense is in more need than the D, and if you have a problem with that I have a spare set of glasses you can borrow!!

  • Craig Barker

    I would not be upset with these picks. Shazier wouldnt be bad if he can play MLB. I think Robinson would help us more than any other pick in the draft, by filling an instant need. I think its crucial to come out of this draft with 2 starting O-Lineman. People forget about how important lineman are and this Robinson reminds me of Willie Roaf. Remember how good he made Priest Holmes look, as well as Trent Green and Eddy Kennison

    • Jarod Cook

      I agree with you If they bring in Robinson and put him at RT, I like the comparison to Roaf I can only imagine if turns out just as good. Schwarts struggles to contain the outside pass rush but is a road grader, if they moved him into RG I think he’d improve as a player. I wouldn’t even be against taking Su’a-filo or Yankee with the #26 or #35 pick, and plugging them into LG. All the sudden Browns go from having a mediocre OL, to one of the best in the NFL. Personal I think they should take a WR with the #26 or #35 pick, my favorite is Jordan Matthews. He’s the most refined prospect outside Watkins, compares a lot to Josh Gordon in my mind. He doesn’t have Gordon’s initial burst or to speed, but he’s got sure hands and is a big body. They can wait till the 3rd or 4th rds to find serviceable LB’s, although I do like Shazier and wouldn’t be disappointing if they drafted him.

      • Craig Barker

        I think we have to walk out of this draft with either Robinson, Watkins, or Mack-expecially if the patrick willis comparisons are legit. But I agree with you, we have to walk out of this draft with a guy like Yankee or Su’a-File. Also I would like us to take a 4th round flier on Tra Turner the Guard from LSU. This draft is so deap there are a lot of guys who would be worth a late flier.

        • Jarod Cook

          At this point I say they’re going to take either Matthews or Robinson at #4 and sure up the right side of the line, I prefer Matthews over Robinson. Both are good at run blocking but Matthews is better in pass protection, as well as has the linage in the NFL. Watkins is great athlete but will do more damage as a slot receiver, versus lined up at number 2. There’s a lot of WR in this draft at the bottom of the 1st and begging of the 2nd that can fill that roll. And they don’t have to spend a top 5 pick, on a guy who’s only being projected as a career #2 WR. The more I read and see about Mack I’m not as sold on him anymore. He struggles in coverage, poor instincts in space, tends to get beat off the line, and isn’t a consistent tackler. He played all front 7 positions in collage so shows he’s versatile, but he needs work to improve his techniques and instincts. Something you shouldn’t really have to do with someone taking in top 5. I’m not saying that he isn’t a great prospect, but IMO he’s a mid 1st round talent.

  • Chris McLafferty

    I think by “stunning” they meant “garbage.” One no way does the top QB prospect slide that far. Someone will come and get him. Two an ILB over the thing we need most. I’m sorry but when was the last time you looked at a team and said, wow they’re really going to make a Super Bowl run because of the play of their ILB. Never, never have. So we’re going to have spent countless dollars on Dansby and Kruger. A top 6 pick and an early 2nd rounder on LBs only to go and spend another 1st rounder while totally ignoring the glaring hole at the most important position on the field. The position that has basically left the Browns in the dumps for the past 15 years. Maybe the Browns’ World forgets but when we have solid quarterback play, we win games. Also how can a vet mis-name the Head Coach of the team he’s supposed to be covering everyday? And how does the editor of a ESPN brand site miss that?

    • Craig Barker

      There is no QB in the draft worth a 4 or 26 pick.

      • Chris McLafferty


      • Jared Mueller

        I strongly disagree at 26. May disagree at 4. Depends on how people draft. Do they pick Best Player Available or does the QB spot get “bonus points”

    • Jared Mueller

      I think a QB could fall this year. I could easily see the Browns trading up for the one who does. Love Robinson over Watkins. Bad teams draft for need, and we have Gordon and Cameron as receiving options as well as recently added Hawkins.

    • Jarod Cook

      So you want to take a QB who was supposed to be a top pick, but fell to the bottom of the 1st rd. Did you forget the last time the Browns did that? We ended up with Brady Quinn who wasn’t worth a damn. Or do you want the to reach for a QB who’s 2nd/3rd rd talent with a 1st rd pick? The Browns did that already and ended up with Brandon Weeden, who was also worthless. With the first 3 picks they should look to bring in players that can immediately affect the team for the better. Bringing in a Boom/Bust QB isn’t what they should be looking to doing. Since it’s Farmers first draft as a GM i think he plays it safe and brings in skill players, and stays away from the top QB’s.

  • krivka

    Don’t mind Robinson, but they need Evans and an ILB later ALONG with a QB. I think McCarron would fit nicely with the receivers they should have and they need a real RB. It impossible they will take the BEST player available when they draft. They may end up with Mettenberger and Guiton as an undrafted FA, but they need to hit on their first four picks. No mistakes.
    are all names that should be on the radar.

    • Jared Mueller

      I think the more they can focus in the trenches the better. Rookie WRs don’t develop well and Browns fans are not patient. Adding Hawkins gives the team some flexibility. I like all of those names but like Shazier better as a ILB for us then Mack. Evans is a scary WR, either Mike Williams bust or a Alshon Jeffery.