Yesterday we covered a number of different types of NFL Mock Drafts including Football Gameplan’s 7 Rounder, Mel Kiper’s Grade ‘A’ Draft and SI’s Audibles’ Mock Draft. Later today we will uncover our own 7 Round NFL Mock Draft for the Cleveland Browns. But first we give you our friends at CBS Sports and their NFL Mock Drafts two of which included 2nd rounds for the first time.
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Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Rather than swing for the fences with a quarterback as his first pick at general manager, Ray Farmer may elect to take the safer route with Matthews, who could slide in at right tackle and push Mitchell Schwartz back to his more ideally-suited position at guard.
- The tide is turning away from the Browns automatically drafting a QB with the #4 pick. In Rang’s draft Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Blake Bortles are all off the board already. That would leave the Browns with a pick of the 2 remaining quarterbacks, Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack, as well as other possible wild cards that we will cover this week. Matthews is a tactician more then a mauler but would solidify the Browns line immediately.
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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville* — Bridgewater remains my personal top-rated quarterback but he has plenty of critics in NFL scouting circles who will point to his slight frame and disappointing Pro Day as evidence that he’s been overrated in the media. With few teams in need of a quarterback outside of the top eight picks, any passer who begins to slide could be left hoping that an aggressive team trades up to rescue him. In this scenario, Bridgewater’s loss could be the Browns’ gain.
- Yet the Browns still get their QB here based on Rang’s draft. It is highly possible that teams in the middle of the draft start to try to auction off their pick to teams like the Browns, Jaguars, Texans or Vikings depending on who hasn’t drafted a QB earlier. Without a trade projected the Browns catch the falling Bridgewater. Being drafted later, getting to sit behind Brian Hoyer and with the weapons and protection the Browns have this may be the best place for him.
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Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: With Josh Gordon one failed NFL policies test away from a year-long suspension and Greg Little as likely to drop a ball as catch it, the Browns can’t afford to let big, talented receivers slip by.
- Making many happy the Browns get a #2 type receiver to add to the offensive haul in the first 2 rounds. While ignoring the defense will be tough for Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer, these 3 picks would immediately give the Browns the makings of a Top 15 offense for years to come. Robinson is a solid receiver, though some might prefer Davante Adams, who was taken at the end of the 2nd round. Robinson can high point the ball, be a vertical threat as well as run precise routes.