Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (L) and Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (R) look on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Choose a Set: Draft Priorities Lead to Three Option Sets for Browns


A report yesterday from Matt Miller, check out our write up here, was that the Cleveland Browns have set their top 3 priorities for the NFL Draft. Quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback were listed as the needs the team sees and wants to address with their top 3 picks if possible. We don’t believe that Ray Farmer will force picks but do think he will look to fill those needs as possible. So we did 3 different 2 round mock draft simulations for the Browns, trying to fill each need with the top pick. Now it is your turn to pick which of the 3 sets you like the best:

#1: QB First

#4 – Johnny Manziel     #26 – Darqueze Dennard     #35 – Allen Robinson

#2: WR First

#4 – Sammy Watkins     #26 – Darqueze Dennard     #35 – Jimmy Garoppolo

#3: Defender First

#4 – Khalil Mack/Justin Gilbert     #26 – Derek Carr     #35 – Marqise Lee

For the last one we don’t see Gilbert as a Top 5 pick, to fill the Browns reported desire at corner, so we also added in Mack as a defender that could be taken with the Browns first pick but noting Gilbert as the top rated corner if one was taken at #4 it would be him.

We selected the highest rated players at their positions. With the #2 option we could of selected Carr at #26 and taken another corner at #35 but Dennard was much higher rated. Lee could replace Robinson in scenario #1, and vice versa in scenario #2.

For now let us assume that the team wants to draft those 3 positions, which order/set do you like the best? Based on our history of feedback we assume many will choose #2. That will beg the question how far is the gap between Robinson and Watkins, and how far is the gap between Manziel and Jimmy G.? If the receivers are closer to each other then the QBs wouldn’t it make sense to go with the QB first? Depends on how each is rated to you.

Which do you prefer as of today? How likely is that to change?

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