The guys at CBS Sports keep their weekly NFL Mock Drafts up to date. Regularly Rob Rang and Dane Brugler keep theirs in lock stop for publishing. They both also are producing 2 Round NFL Mock Drafts. The two that they published yesterday provided a view of what could be high quality results for the Browns, with only the addition of 3 players. Lets take a look:
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Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Veteran Brian Hoyer is a serviceable quarterback but he, like virtually every other quarterback the Browns have trotted out since Bernie Kosar, lacks the star power to turn around this rudderless franchise. Do I have questions about Manziel’s ability to hold up in the ultra-physical AFC North, especially at gusty and grassy FirstEnergy Stadium? Sure, but waiting to see which quarterback may fall to No. 26 (or lower) could mean more of the same for a long-suffering fan base.
- Selecting a QB #4 is not a popular pick for Browns fans at this point in time, though immediately following the season that is exactly what many hoped would happen. Some actually thought that the team might have to trade up to get one of the top guys. Instead the QBs “seem” to be slipping down the board. NFL teams don’t have a huge amount of players going up and down their boards after they are set. Small movements happen, but great drops down the board don’t happen, outside of new information popping up. Whether its Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, selected in the 2nd round of Rang’s draft, Blake Bortles, the #1 overall pick and Derek Carr, #8 to the Vikings, a top level QB in the first 2 rounds is a likely selection. Yet who does Rang add to the Browns haul later:
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Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: General manager Ray Farmer may swing for the fences with one of his first round picks but expect the other to be a safer selection. Shazier’s instincts and athleticism make him as safe as any linebacker in the draft and his regional appeal would make him a popular pick with the fan-base, as well.
- The Browns then add this writer’s favorite late first, early second pick for the Browns. Shazier has the ability to play in space, stop the run, cover backs and tight ends and rush the passer. His instincts, his leadership abilities and his desire are all top level and gives the Browns a long term quarterback for their defense. Adding a receiver or cornerback would be good options as well. Finding a receiver that will contribute right away in his rookie season is tough to do.
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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.
- Another favorite of this writer is a perfect fit for the Browns with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins is Robinson. There are a number of other receivers that may be drafted in the first and early second rounds and they can all fit in the Browns offense. Robinson runs solid routes, can high point the ball and plays well on the outside. His hands and route running separate him from Kelvin Benjamin, his consistency separates him from Davante Adams and others and his size gives him the advantage over Brandin Cooks. Lets see what Brugler has to say for his draft: