Last week we covered the Top 3 Priorities that the Cleveland Browns were looking to fill with their early picks, according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report. Dane Brugler put out his 2 Round Mock Draft yesterday and he hit all 3 of those needs. The needs aren’t secretive but the report is very interesting, could we really know what positions the Browns will draft in the first 2 rounds? Lets take a look at what Brugler has for us:
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Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The Browns will give Brian Hoyer a shot, but is he the long-term option? No, Ray Farmer and his staff weren’t at Manziel’s pro day, but if you think that means they’re not interested, you’d be wrong.
We have come full circle with the Browns Mock Drafts. It started with Manziel, moved to Sammy Watkins, then to Greg Robinson/Jake Matthews, then to Khalil Mack and now back to Manziel. Watkins and Matthews, along with the other big time QBs are all available here. Needless to say the pendulum is swinging back to this being a QB at #4. Who the Browns like has been all over the board: Manziel, Derek Carr and now recently Blake Bortles has been even noted. Because of the lack of connection between Bortles and the Browns in all the rumors this writer believes he would be the pick here. In any case, choose a QB and place him here because they are all available in Brugler’s, and many others, Mock Drafts.
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Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: As the Browns begin talks to lock up Joe Haden long-term, they’ll also be looking to draft a worthy counterpart for the No. 2 cornerback spot in Cleveland. Fuller has the instincts and natural athleticism to be an impact performer on the inside or outside.
Similar to his partner Rob Rang, Brugler has the Browns filling their #2 corner need at 26. The corner class has some depth but seems to be missing the second tier type guys. Either you get your CB in the first round or you get a 3rd tier, very deep area, guy in the 3rd or 4th round. The Browns get a guy who can play the position and impact the passing game greatly. Brugler has less WRs off the board at this point then most other Mocks, which would help the team pick up value in the top of the second round.
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Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: The Browns signed Andrew Hawkins to cover the slot duties, but are still searching for a reliable No. 2 opposite Josh Gordon.
Robinson = this guys favorite 2nd round WR, but it is close with a number of other quality receivers. After Robinson, Brugler doesn’t have the next receiver until the 20th pick in the 2nd, Bruce Ellington. He also has Kelvin Benjamin, Davante Adams and Donte Moncrief off the board in the second round. Robinson may never wow anyone but will be the complimentary, stable receiver that both Brian Hoyer and Manziel will love having on their team.
A QB, Fuller and Robinson would get an A grade from this writer, what about you? Which QB would you put in for Manziel at #4 for a better grade? Or is Manziel you guy for the Browns?