Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball past Duke Blue Devils linebacker David Helton (47) during the third quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Two CBS Sports NFL Mock Drafts Give Browns Same Players


 

Sometimes people think the same. Not often but sometimes. In this case yesterday in their 2 NFL Mock Drafts both Pat Kirwan and Will Brinson gave the Cleveland Browns the exact same players. With the #4 pick it isn’t much of a surprise but with the 26th pick, with so many variables it was relatively surprising. Lets take a look at how and who they both added to the Browns:

4. CLEVELAND BROWNS

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Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Both Phil Simms and Jon Gruden told me Manziel can make the transition to pro football. Cleveland needs a quarterback and a face of the organization.
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS

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Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Can’t quit giving Manziel to the Browns. He makes too much sense in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and he’d revive Cleveland with his penchant for stepping up his play in the spotlight.

If Simms and Gruden, as Kirwan notes, think Manziel can make it in the NFL that should boost the confidence in him as the pick. Whether the Browns are high on Manziel or need to pick him at #4, could they wait and get him later?, is a different discussion. His fit with the Shanahan offense has been clearly noted and Jimmy Haslam’s reported desire to have a winner and an identity on the field is clear. Whether the football people, most notably Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine, think similarly is a different discussion. Both picking Manziel is not surprising, will who they both picked for the Browns at 26 be?

26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)

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Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: The Browns got their quarterback earlier and now the big receiver opposite Josh Gordon. Manziel has been throwing rebound balls to Mike Evans and now he has another 6-foot-5 guy.
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)

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Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: Bit of a reach for the unfinished product but Benjamin’s upside makes him worth the Browns’ gambling on him here. Suddenly they’ve got Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and Benjamin for Manziel. That’s a potent offense and maybe unstoppable in the red zone.

Kirwan makes a great point about “rebound balls” that Manziel has been throwing to Evans now going to Gordon and Benjamin. Brinson notes that Benjamin is not ready but has a huge upside, meaning the Browns are taking risky picks for both positions. Unsure if Farmer, in his first draft, is willing to risk so much with his first two picks. A more steady pick at one of these spots seems to fit better with his goals.

Two high ceiling guys in Manziel and Benjamin, do you love the risk? Do you worry about the possible failure?

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  • Jarod Cook

    I have to agree with your last two sentences of the article, I don’t see Farmer making these picks. His first draft as new GM and watching as the last 2 regimes failed, I think he’s going to go for players with less risk verse reward. I can see them possibly drafting Manziel if they think he’s their guy at #4, or if he starts falling and is available at #26. I personal don’t like him, or any of the other top 4 QB prospects. But I know one of them is going to be picked in the first round, with either the #4 or #26 pick.

    • Josh Hart

      Or Farmer will learn from the recent mistakes of others and actually take the best QB in the class at #4 (and that’s not Manziel).