We have faltered in our coverage of appropriate national and local NFL Mock Draft published. We failed to cover the quality work done over at Fox Sports Ohio. We remedy that today with coverage of their NFL Mock Draft 7.0. Earlier today we heard Mark Dominik, the former Tampa Bay GM, on ESPN Radio. He reported that over the next 3 weeks he would not only be talking to his head scouts but also going over Mock Drafts to get an idea where players might be. He said this led him to trade up for Doug Martin, fearing he would be selected late in the 1st or before the Bucs picked in the second. So these Mock drafts can be powerful. Lets take a look at FSO’s 1st round, plus the Browns 2nd round pick:
4. BROWNS–KHALIL MACK, LB, BUFFALO–We’ve had WR Sammy Watkins going to the Browns the first six weeks, but this week he is off the board to the Rams. If Browns stick to the ‘best available player,’ we are guessing it would be a pick Mike Pettine would love in Mack, even though it’s a position where the Browns have depth already.
With Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Sammy Watkins off the board the Browns could be stuck with a very interesting decision. Go with a QB in Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater, solidify their offensive line with Greg Robinson, get the WR rate second by most in Mike Evans or go defense with Mack. FSO thinks the Browns would go with the playmaker Mack. It is possible that a team like the Falcons could trade up for Mack here and give the Browns more ammunition in this deep deep draft. Mack could play outside, slide inside and play all over the field for Pettine who would have the toys to make his defense purr just a little louder.