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:
#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.