There are many ways for a NFL Mock Draft to be put together. The first is what you think will happen. Others are based on hopes and wishes. The third is a clear demarcated statement of “this is what I would do” and that is what Todd McShay brings to us this morning (Insider, Costs $). His normal Mock Drafts are what he is hearing around the league and what they might do. Lets take a look at what options he has available to the Browns and what he would do if he were Ray Farmer, and the rest of the GMs in the league:
4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
I’m beginning to sound like I’m on repeat here, but the Browns are another team that needs a quarterback that I have waiting until later to draft one, because I can’t justify using a top-four pick on any of this year’s QBs. Cleveland needs an upgrade at the No. 2 receiver spot opposite Josh Gordon, and if Watkins reaches his potential, the Browns will essentially have two No. 1s. He is an explosive and dynamic weapon both as a vertical route runner and after the catch, and he attacks the ball in the air, playing bigger than his size. He’ll have some learning to do as a route runner, but he already knows how to separate from coverage.
With Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Khalil Mack off the board, pretty standard at this point, McShay would add Watkins to the Browns. He only notes one negative, learning as a route runner, but his size could be a concern with his injury history. None the less McShay has the Browns choosing the amazing receiver to build the core of the offense from the outside instead of taking one of the QBs.