Already we covered today Evan Silva’s Mock Draft and Dane Brugler’s 2 Rounder on today which has become Mock Draft Monday. Now we cover Rob Rang’s Mock Draft which covers 2 rounds as well. Mock Draft season started with everyone giving the Browns Johnny Manziel then the tide swayed to Sammy Watkins, then to Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack. Has the tide swung back? Lets see what Rang thinks:
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS
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. If he is not chosen here, Manziel could be in for quite a slide.
At least with Rang it looks like Manziel is starting to come around back to the Browns. Rang lists the concerns that many Browns fans have related to his size the wind and field in Cleveland. Interestingly he notes that waiting for a QB at 26 would be a risky but then states that Manziel could be in for quite a slide if he doesn’t get taken at #4. So does that mean Manziel could fall to 26 in Rang’s eyes?
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan 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. Dennard lacks top-notch athleticism but he’s physical, alert and poised when the ball is in the air, making an ideal complement to standout Joe Haden.
Like his buddy Brugler, Rang has the Browns getting a corner at #26. Dennard is a physical cornerback who could fit in the AFC North and provide run support as well. Spending a first round pick on defense, specifically at cornerback, could give Mike Pettine the type of defense he wants with coverage people on the backside. If the Browns go with another position at #4 Teddy Bridgewater would be available here.
3. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss: With Josh Gordon one failed 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.
A favorite of this writer is Moncrief, who could replace Gordon if he needed to in 2 or 3 years. We drafted him to the Browns in our Weekly 7 Round Browns Mock Draft. Receivers, especially ones with poor QBs in college, tend to struggle in the first year or two in the NFL but in the 2nd round a WR can develop into a stellar player without pressure.
Manziel and Moncrief again with Dennard as the #2 corner, what do you think?