Luke Easterling’s Awesome (Server Crashing) 4 Round Mock Draft (With Trades)

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Last night Luke Easterling (@NFLDraftReport) posted his 4 Round Mock Draft, with trades included. Shortly there after the traffic and feedback crashed the servers and the Mock was not accessible. Talk about good business traffic! Finally it is up and ready for evaluation. He has the Cleveland Browns doing a number of things in the Mock that will make some of you very happy and some not so much. We will give our feedback following each move and pick:

4. Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – Another team that needs a QB but might not like the value in the top five, Cleveland goes with Watkins, who is head and shoulders above the rest of this year’s receiver class.

With Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack off the board, with the Atlanta Falcons trading up to 1 for Clowney, the Browns are left with Watkins or any of the Top 3 QBs. In this situation They may feel like they need to take “their top QB” or they could go the opposite direction and feel like the top 3 to 4 guys could slip down the draft since they all made it to #4. Watkins is Luke’s top WR “head and shoulders above the rest of this year’s receiver class” but is he worth a Top 5 pick? Some say he is while others believe you don’t build a team around 2 WRs. Besides a QB the other option is a trade down with a team wanting Watkins or one of the QBs, like the Vikings, and taking the best available player at that point.

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  • William Scott Eltzroth

    They would still have a glaring wound at the L.B. position if they dont draft a M.L.B. that can cover in the first 4 rounds. The M.L.B. position is why the defense was horrible in 3rd down conversions and simply swapping Dansby for Jackson will do nothing to help.

    • Jared Mueller

      I agree with you William. I think Pettine plans to deploy a little different including possibly with Kruger at ILB more often. I also think he can get more out of a LB then many others. My thought would be instead of drafting Hurst get a guy at that point.

  • Richard Ciesielski

    Mr.Mueller, I wouldn’t mind these picks especially Watkins. I would even push to trade next years first round draft pick if it would add a fellow like Mathews in there to help this team this year. I like not getting the QB at four, I look at it this way, if the talent in this years draft of QB’s is truely deep even a QB in the second round should be good. We’ve got a lot of picks this year, if a trade like that and a few lower round draft picks this year would make it so that we’re out of the first 25 picks in next years first round draft I could live with it.

    • Jared Mueller

      Thanks for the thoughts Richard. Am I hearing you right that you would move next year’s #1 to get Watkins and Matthews in the first then pick up a QB in the second round? Say Jimmy G or Derek Carr?

      Not sure it is realistically an option but would make for a huge draft.

  • Richard Ciesielski

    I would be willing to for that much of a improvement in this team for one year, you bet. But its like you said, realistically its a long shot, I think even longer if you want Carr, from what I’ve read the Vikings love the guy. But yes, to go from basement team to say the eighth or even fourth best in the league YES I would make the moves. Where theres a will where’s a way to get people. I’m not hoping for anything to happen to Hoyer, but even if we went after Johnny, or Blake, or the other fellow, whens the last year we had one QB alone make it though the whole year in Cleveland? This year we got ten picks, to me a lot of them are about as meaningful as undrafted guys who get on the team because they make it in preseason. You get those people trying every year, If it takes a handful of picks plus another from next year to get us quality guys who would complain, other then the ones who won’t make the team anyway? Josh Gorden seems to fit the point I’m making, we reached for him, we got him, and it paid off nicely (even if there was that sting about the games supsension that we had to live though)