7 Round Browns’ 2014 NFL Mock Draft

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Jan 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives at a news conference about the movie

The Pro Days are drawing to a close, private workouts will begin soon and teams are steadying their draft boards. Rumors will come out from every angle about who each team might pick, what trades could happen and what players teams like or don’t like. We will continue to keep you up to date on everything for the Cleveland Browns. Today we give you their 7 Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft. We again used Fanspeak’s Mock Draft simulator which helps us create a draft while using their rankings and team needs to draft for the other teams. Now on to our 7 Rounder that has us very excited:

 

Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (R) talks to Pittsburh Panthers Aaron Donald (L) during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

#4 Jadeveon Clowney

With Blake Bortles, Greg Robinson and Johnny Manziel off the board the Browns swoop up possibly the best defender in the class. Barring a trade down if Clowney is on the board we expect the Browns to select him. The Browns could ransom this pick to a number of teams that could want to come up to get the big defensive end. For the Browns the price and amount of drop will have to be worth it. Can they get a 2nd rounder to drop to #6 or 7 and still get either Sammy Watkins, Jake Matthews, Mike Evans, Khalil Mack or the remaining QB, in this case Teddy Bridgewater? If they can do that they may move back some.

Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine didn’t draft Barkevious Mingo or sign Paul Kruger last year. They are not beholden to Jabaal Sheard either. Yet it would behoove them to make things work with the quality players brought in by previous regimes. Clowney can play a number of positions including down as a 3-4 defensive end, outside linebacker in the 3-4 or at the end of a 4-3. Picking the best disruptive defender fits the Farmer/Pettine bill. Others may want an offensive player but they seem committed to drafting/signing players that are the best for what they want to do. Clowney might just be the best in this draft, period.

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  • Letterman007

    You’ve done it again, put up another draft that will in no way look like the Browns draft in May! We’ll see when it all happens and one or two of these picks weren’t too bad, Beckham and Borland would be nice, but they won’t take Clowney at #4 and I doubt if they wait that long to get a quarterback!

    • Jared Mueller

      Love your passion. I doubt they will wait that long as well but I don’t think they will reach. I don’t think this group will let Clowney get passed them at 4, unless they trade down which I would be in favor of. Obviously a difference of opinion, and one I don’t think will happen as I think Clowney is going no lower then 3. Don’t like Verrett? Swanson I like because I think we need strength and attitude on the OLine. Hoping soon you jump over to FanSpeak and shoot me your 7 rounder. Very intrigued by other Browns’ fans hopes for this draft.

      • Letterman007

        Here is a partial draft, still working on the middle rounds, but you won’t like it.#4 Sammy Watkins, #26 Zack Martin OG Notre Dame, #35 Jimmy Garopollo QB, #71 Chris Borland LB, then the 7th round pick Connor Shaw QB South Carolina. Still need a running back and a corner?

        • Dustin Schimmoeller

          I like it. Not big on taking guards or running backs in the first round but like everyone else you have. Huge fan of Watkins and Borland.

          • Letterman007

            Running backs early I usually like but since they signed Tate, no need that early! Not a fan of O lineman early, but there is a need and would like to get another tackle instead, but took best available at the time! Need a change of pace back, who can catch and pick up blitzers. Would also like a tallish corner with some ataleticism!

          • Dustin Schimmoeller

            Yea tackle is worth taking early, but not a guard. I could see them taking a tackle at #4 and moving swartz inside, that would make sense if Watkins is gone. I hate taking running backs early for alot of different reasons, but even with signing Tate the Browns still need a third down back. Taking some one mid to late rounds would make sense.

          • Letterman007

            My mistake, Martin is a tackle! Maybe draft that kid out of Oregon at a running back Thomas I think is his name. I don’t like the guy out of Boston College! there’s a corner at Florida state I like in the mid rounds too.

  • Dustin Schimmoeller

    Would absolutly love for this to be the Browns drat. Not huge on Clowney or Beckham but as a whole its great. Love the Murray pick!

    • Jared Mueller

      Thanks Dustin for the feedback. Don’t like those two in general or their fit with the Browns?

      • Dustin Schimmoeller

        I don’t like Clowney’s work ethic, when your college coach calls you out you have an issue. Plus he seem more of a luxary at this point. The Browns are setting very well at 3-4 DE and outside line backer. Plus you are also taking a chance moving someone to a 3-4 linebacker. Beckham, maybe I am wrong on but isn’t he projected as a slot reciever? Reading his scouting report there are alot of questions marks he seems like he has alot of bust potenial, with not a huge upside. More of an early second round guy.

        • Dustin Schimmoeller

          Would have also liked to see them add another running back a little sooner.

          • Jarod Cook

            Doesn’t matter how many RB’s they got, if they don’t improve the OL. Maybe switching to zone might help, but they need to get bigger and nastier up front. People always want to overlook taking quality OL players early, because it’s not the sexy pick. But building a good OL will help the entire offense. They already got Tate, Baker, Lewis, Ogbyonna, and 2 others on depth chart. I fill they’ve got enough RB’s and should look to build the OL.

          • Dustin Schimmoeller

            Zone blocking wants smaller,faster,smarter blockers, not bigger nastier. The Browns need a guard. Tell me what guard drafted in the first round made a big impact? I didn’t say take a running back in the first or second round. I was refering to mid-rounds Jared had them taking one in the 7th.
            Tate you don’t know if he can stay healty.
            Baker career pratice squad may or may not be worth a roster spot.
            Lewis looked good but hurt
            Ogbyonna looks like he is done. Doubt I would use a roster spot on him.
            So yes the brown could use a third down back not one of those people can catch a screen pass on third and long and get a first down.

          • Jarod Cook

            Every OL player taking in the 1st round the last 6 years is starting on their teams, with the exception of 1 or 2. All the OG’s are starters can’t even list them all, as for OT’s if they didn’t pan out at OT they moved them into OG and are starting. Guards can be big and nasty as well as still be mobile, it’s just a phrase to describe there demeanor. Anyone of the FA’s that signed with other teams are better then the powder puff back ups they got playing Guard right now, if you need a prime example I’ll give you one. The 2012 Draft Browns take Weeden #22, at #23 Detroit OT Riley Reiff, at #24 Steelers OG David Decastro, at #27 OG Kevin Zeitler. This is just one example of why taking OL players high in the draft might not be a sexy pick, but it’s the right move if the Browns are actually looking to BUILD A TEAM.
            As for waiting and taking a RB late I’m fine with it. When you consider they’ve got Shanahan in the draft room, and nobody can find late round RB’s who can produce like the Shanahan’s can.

          • Dustin Schimmoeller

            You do know it’s Kyle Shanahan that is the OC and not his dad Mike correct? Not really sure how many running backs Kyle Shanahan has found in the draft considering he has never been a GM. Drafting an offensive tackle in the first round is completely different then drafting a guard. Offensive guard is considered the easiest position in football to replace. Thats why so little of a teams salary goes to it. http://www.businessinsider.com/nfls-highest-paid-positions-sports-chart-of-the-day-2012-9
            So what are saying with you example? That Weeden was an absolute terrible pick? Well aware I hated it when it was made. It was a knee jerk reaction made by a terrible president in Holmgrim. Yea in that case picking any one would have been better.

          • Jarod Cook

            Yes I do know it’s Kyle Shanahan, but I got to think he learned one or two things from his dad about drafting RB’s. To me the idea of a bell cow RB is antedated in the modern NFL. Not to say it can’t be done cause there are guys who can run the ball 20+ times a game and produce consistent 100+ yard rushing efforts. I personal like the run by comity system, it adds a variety of options and run styles to constantly change the pace of a game. It forces the defense to game plan for multiple situations depending who’s in the backfield. Also sometimes players just have bad weeks or just don’t match up well, not to mention injuries are always a concern, in that instance you can give carries to another guy. On top of all of that RB’s have a short self life in the NFL. How many of them actually make 8-10 years in the NFL, while putting up consistently good numbers after 6 years in the NFL? Drafting a RB is a waste before the 3rd round, and I hope the Browns learned from the Richardson pick not to waste early picks on RB’s.
            Yes Guards are supposedly easily replaced, but when a team has a good one they are not inclined to let them walk. Imagine how much better Thomas and Mack would be if they had some actual good Guards lined up next to them, instead of the backups the Browns constantly trout out onto the field. I personal think Schwartz would improve as a player in the zone scheme if they move him into RG, and take Robinson(The next Willie Roaf) or Matthews at #4 to play RT. They’d lock down the right side of the OL and can then groom them to take over for Thomas when he retires. I know taking a RT at #4 is not something most teams will not do and fans will go irate. But if they actual want to improve as a team and show that they are committed to getting better and having winning seasons, they should look to improve the OL with players taking early in the draft.

  • Jarod Cook

    I don’t know how Clowney falls to #4 come draft day, but the Browns should reap the rewards. It would be kind of a luxury pick for the Browns to take him but would add great depth, and they can find multiple ways to get him on the field. Best thing they could do is find a trade partner and drop a couple of spots like you mentioned, and still be getting one of the elite prospects as well as more picks. If Dennard was still on the board I think they’d get him instead of a WR at #26. He’s the #1/2 rated CB on most peoples boards, and he’s the type of gritty physical player the Browns need opposite of Haden. And with picking a few picks later at #35 there will be more quality WR’s there then there will be CB’s. Don’t see them waiting that long to take a QB either, but hope they show some patience and wait till the 3rd round at least and grab best available. Wouldn’t be surprised come draft day that Carr or Garopollo fell to the 3rd rd. I like the Jeff Janis pick he’ll need a little time to adjust to the NFL, but he’s a legit talent and can develop into a #1/2 WR with proper coaching. Like to see them take another QB late either Bett Smith, Conner Shaw, or Logan Thomas. Just to add some depth and competition to QB pool.

    • Dustin Schimmoeller

      Yea if Dennard is still on the board at #26 it would be a great pick, doubt he is though. No way Carr last to the third round. But there are alot of 2nd tier Qb’s I would be fine with in the second or later rounds.