Monday was Mock Draft Monday, but still quality and qualified Mock Drafts will continue to roll in as the week goes on. Today we look at Pete Prisco’s NFL Mock Draft. Has momentum swung back to Johnny Manziel across the board for the Browns or will one of the “Big 4″ be waiting for the Browns to snatch up. Trading down, in a draft with 4 top guys the 4th pick can be a big chip, seems to be more and more interesting for the team. Lets see what Prisco has the Browns doing:
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Speed kills. He has it. Some say he’s the next Julio Jones.
Prisco has the Atlanta Falcons trading up to #1 to get Jadeveon Clowney at #1 with Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack going 2 and 3. With those three of the board the Browns have the possibility of trading down with someone, Bucs, Bills or Lions, looking for Watkins. If all 3 QBs are on the board the Browns may have to get their guy, if they are sold on him. Even if they have Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel rated 10 through 15 the QB bonus may lead to their selection here. A trade down would work as well but they would risk the Raiders, Bucs and Vikings taking the QB they have highest. Then again maybe QB isn’t a high priority for the front office. With Watkins bolstering the WR core the Browns have other holes to address with pick #26:
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: They pass on the quarterback earlier and take him here in this spot.
Prisco goes the same route we went in our Weekly FoS Mock Draft: 1st Round with Watkins then Bridgewater. Adding the top WR with a QB that many had as #1 during the college season would have to be a big win for the team. His Pro Day, and the media, have driven down his stock to the point that #26 is a possible falling point, as many now believe he could last into the second round. The Browns could then be freed up to address their offensive line or defense in the second round.
Are you sold on Watkins? How about Bridgewater? If only judging the first round, what is a better scenario for you?