Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, left, talks with quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) before a game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cleveland Browns Draft Priorities Set


 

We will continue to cover a number of NFL Mock Drafts over the next 2 weeks as we prepare for the big day. Matt Miller put out his weekly Scouting Notebook today and one important note has been made for the Cleveland Browns that needed immediately covered, their draft priorities:

— The Cleveland Browns have many needs in this draft, but people in their front office feel like quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback are the early priorities. The picks may not go in that order, but their first three selections are expected to check off those needs.

As we here at FoS have expected for sometime, expect the Browns to hit on these 3 needs with their first 3 picks, as long as the value is there. As Miller notes the order isn’t as important as long as those needs are hit. That means those hoping for a inside linebacker, this writer loves Ryan Shazier, or an offensive lineman may be disappointed.

The Browns could take their receiver early with Sammy Watkins, if he is there, and then get a falling QB at 26, or with a trade up, and whatever corner is left in the second round. Both the corner and receiver positions are very deep this year which could lead the Browns to take a QB first. More and more it is looking like they could have their pick of all the QBs in the draft, which could make passing difficult. Then they could take a top level corner at 26 and any number of receivers at 35, this writer loves Allen Robinson and Donte Moncrief (Jordan Matthews is nice as well).

Are you satisfied that this is their Top 3 needs? Do you see other needs as a bigger issue?

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  • William Scott Eltzroth

    W.R. is not a need but would be a pick that could be used for a top M.L.B. that is desperatly needed for the Defense to get any better. You could draft a Q.B. with #4, a C.B. with pick #26 and a M.L.B. with the second round pick to help complete the Defense. That leaves 2 picks each in the 3rd and 4th rounds to draft a #2 W.R. and a O.L. + another needed C.B. and a R.B. After these, and they would all still be quality picks in this very deep, rich draft and still have a pick in each of the 5th, 6th and 7th rounds to draft a second Q.B. and maybe one more W.R. and R.B. or a T.E. to finish our draft. GO BROWNS…

    • Jared Mueller

      If I had it my way ILB would be a pick in the first 4 to 5 picks. I am not set on any specific order but do think we could get a great depth pick at CB and WR late in the first early in the 2nd.

      Maybe the perfect scenario for what you are talking about it trading down from 4, to 8 or 10, picking up an extra second. 2 firsts (QB and ILB) and 2 seconds (WR and CB).