Day before Draft Day Release; The Cleveland Browns get a realistic look at the Draft

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Mar 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel shake hands with fans following the fourth quarter of the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

After the butchering of all the things fun and realistic about the draft thanks to the upcoming film Draft Day (my posts on the film and Cleveland tie-ins to be up tonight) I’ve decided to bring back the integrity of draft day with my 2nd Cleveland Browns’ mock draft (see how the draft played out for everyone here) you can do your own here thanks to the crew at FanSpeak.

When people do their drafts, GMs or Mockers or Fans, everyone has their own take on success and how to draft. Some draft for best talent, some value, some for position, some for potential, some for previous success, and some with reckless abadonen. I believe you need all these things to not only have a successful draft but to help your team be a contender, which is the ultimate way to judge a draft. In this draft I do a little of everything trying to get my Brownies from Last to First.

1-4.) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M With Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins still available, this isn’t a no-brainer. I believe these 3 are the franchise changers, the once in a lifetime prospects. There is also the possibility that Manziel might drop to the the 26th pick. I pick Manziel because I have Josh Gordon so getting Sammy Watkins is a luxury (also its a talent stacked WR draft where I have two others later in mind in Marqise Lee and Watkins’ teammate Martavis Bryant), Clowney would be added to a fully stocked OLB and DE core but would instantly be an upgrade and monster on defense. Where I’m super weak and have been since the new Browns formed, is at QB. This is the MOST IMPORTANT position on the field. The ball is constantly in his hands, he’s the leader of the team and as Browns fans, and Texans fans are all nodding in agreement, we know that poor QB play is a recipe of endless losses. Manziel brings a leadership, toughness, and winning mentality to a team that has never had this. He’s got the arm strength, the accuracies, pocket prescense and ability to add that extra dimension to make the offense 11 vs 11 on the defense. Yes he needs to learn and stay in the pocket longer, yes he may need to learn to slide more, yes he’ll have to learn to get in position and set his feet before bombing a ball and yes at times he’ll frustrate you. BUT those are things that can be learned, will be learned under Kyle Shanahan and what you get in return is an instant game changer on the dreadful disaster that has been the Browns offense for many years. This is why I can’t risk waiting till 26. If there is one player I want to come out of this draft with it’s Manziel. I can’t risk any team falling in love with him or a team jumping up in front of 26 to get him. I have to lock him down because that’s how important I think he is to the short term and long-term success of my franchise.

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  • Letterman007

    Don’t like it!! Not going to take Manziel at 4, he is the second coming of RGIII and will be hurt all the time, like him!! When an NFL linebacker rattles his chains, he’ll be out6weeks minimum!! Would rather have Bryant than Lee. He had an awful year last year and you can blame the coach or the QB, but it’s on him! Evidently he must have a certain type of QB to show up!! Gordon did it with some of the worst QB’s in the game!! USC played better when they got rid of their coach, but he didn’t , so don’t blame the coach!!
    Thomas tore his ACL in work outs, so I wouldn’t count on him! Mosley won’t be there at 35, he’ll be gone before that!! This draft is a mess and loaded with people YOU would like. Try doing one with people the Browns like and be sensible!!

    • Chris McLafferty

      1.) Different people have different takes on Manziel, he’s the most polar prospect in the draft. It’s funny you should mention RG3 and their similarities because the offensive coordinator who drafted him is also our offensive coordinator in this upcoming draft.

      2.) If you think coaching and quarterback play have nothing to do with a receiver’s output you should look at Calvin Johnson’s 2009 season, Brandon Marshall’s Miami years and ton others (I just looked up those 2.) Also he did actually get better as the season progressed,in the final Bowl game he caught 7 for 118 yards and 2 Touchdowns and had 6 games with over 5 receptions.

      3.) Adrian Peterson tore his ACL should we not count on him as well?

      4.) Mosley was there. That’s why I linked the full draft so you could see it. I was as shocked as you were but I wasn’t about to pass him up.

      5.)Unless you’ve got Ray Farmer on speed dial I doubt you know what the Browns’ like as well. Since no one does, that’s the point of having a secret board, I did my best trying to make connections to who they would like and who would fit into the new schemes they are trying to put in (such as versatile defenders and zone-blocking scheme offensive linemen). That’s why the paragraphs are so long in detail on how they would help the team, why the team would pick them and how they fit into the coaches philosophies and schemes. I’m even fairly confident that’s one of the last lines of the article.

      • Letterman007

        I think all these quarterbacks will fall in the draft!! The teams are realizing that Clowney, Watkins , Robinson and so on, are better top ten picks! More so than these QB’s are and will fall into lower first and high second round selections!!

        • Chris McLafferty

          Maybe but all it takes is 3 of the 8-10 teams that are interested in a QB and then they’re gone. Not a huge Carr guy (either is McShay who has a 4th round grade on him) leaving the only QB I think worth taking is Metterberger.

          • Letterman007

            I like Garropolo for the browns, and he can be picked up at #35 which means they can get Watkins at #4 and a tackle or guard at #26 or they can flip the last two! Also can see them taking another QB in the sixth or seventh round, maybe Shaw or Smith!!

          • Chris McLafferty

            I think Garropolo is a bit over-rated right now. Some of his tape looked shaky. I don’t think he completes the passes he threw then in the NFL or even against real NCAA teams. Watkins I personally don’t believe will be there at #4. I honestly think he’ll go #2 to either the Rams or even (lots of noise recently about this) to the Lions in a trade up with the Rams already saying their open to trading down and has a history of doing so.

          • Letterman007

            Just saw a mock first round draft on NFL that had the Browns taking Watkins at #4 and Bridgewater at #26 and even said the rumors are the browns like Garropolo so it could be him at #26!!

          • Gary

            I like these first two picks. Can’t go wrong with them. Watkins to compliment Gordon will give defenses fits. No matter who the quarterback is.
            But, I am not sold on Garropolo. Although picking him as a back up isn’t a bad idea.

          • Letterman007

            If they take him at #26 he wouldn’t be a back up!! I kind of look for them to draft a second QB in the 6th or 7th round, possibly Shaw or Smith!!

          • Gary

            I mean taking Garroploo as a back up after selecting Bridgewater.

          • Letterman007

            They won’t pick a second QB until the 6th or later round! Too many holes to fill and Garropolo will be gone by then!! Your guess is as good as mine who they take in the first or second round!

          • Gary

            We can only hope they pick players who can and will help the team.
            I would rather have Watkins then any available quarterback in the first round.

          • GeorgiaRed

            No matter which QB they take where, he’s going to be a back up for next year.

          • GeorgiaRed

            If the Browns take a QB in the first, I still don’t see them waiting until the 6th to take another. I personally would take Aaron Murray in the 4th if he’s there(I believe Kirk Cousins was a 4th after WSH took RG3, but I could be mistaken). The only downside I’ve heard about Murray is his size(6′, 207). Being down here in GA(I HATE UGA btw) I’ve saw a lot of his games and the boy can sling it pretty good and pretty accurate. I remember hearing someone say towards the end of the season that “If Aaron Murray was two inches taller, he’d be talked about as top 5″ Now he does have the injury he’d recovering from which is the reason why I think he’s not a top 35 picked player to begin with.

          • Letterman007

            I live in South Carolina and saw him play also, I don’t think he’s a forth rounder!! Fifth or sixth at best!! But the Browns have too many holes to waste a forth or fifth rounder on another QB. They’ll wait till 6 th or 7th round, especially if they go first round for a QB.

          • GeorgiaRed

            Murray is projected as a 3-4th rounder & that’s with a yet to completely rehabbed leg. I am intrigued about what happened to David Fales? This guy was mentioned as a late first rounder around bowl time & he’s completely off the radar now as even a top 10 QB in the entire draft.

          • Letterman007

            Just saw a big board on the QB’s and Fales is listed at #7 and a third to fifth rounder! He is a good fit for certain systems and not so for others. He is more a product of their offensive coordinator who has since moved on to Colorado! He would need some coaching up and to sit and watch from the sidelines and develop .

          • GeorgiaRed

            On CBS’s it has him listed as a 6-7th rounder(11th QB). Just thought it was weird to go from a 20′s to 200′s after a bowl game. Just saw an interview with Kurt Warner that he stated he could be a late round gem. Said he’s in an A.J. McCarron form, doesn’t do anything great, but does everything good.