Earlier we covered Mel Kiper’s NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (link will open in a new window) now we get to his younger partner in crime Todd McShay and his Mock Draft 5.0 (ESPN Insider, costs $). Neither McShay or Kiper this time gave us a 2nd round, bummer after doing so in their 4.0 drafts, and interestingly enough they agree on the Top 5 picks. Lets see how McShay sees Ray Farmer turning around the Cleveland Browns with the first 2 of their 10 picks:
Cleveland Browns (4-12)COLLEGE: Texas A&M
Class: SophHT: 5-11
WT: 207POS: QB
Analysis: I’m not sold on this one, but I keep hearing that Manziel could go early, and Cleveland is a logical landing spot given its need at QB. He’s a leap-of-faith pick, as I’ve said many times in the past few months; he has a rare ability to create, but the team that takes him must be confident that he’ll do what he needs to on and off the field to win from the pocket and that he’ll be able to stay healthy long term, given his playing style.
McShay’s honesty is appreciated. Far to often with Mock Drafts analysts feel the need to state what will for sure happen. Manziel is rumored to go high and the Browns are a likely fit means putting 2 and 2 together does indeed equal the #4 pick. No one knows what the Browns are thinking. Unlike in years past anything can happen with their pick and we shouldn’t be shocked. Any of the Top 4 QBs, Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack and either of the offensive tackles could all find their new home in Cleveland with the #4 pick. For McShay the upside and excitement (rare ability to create) makes him a fit here at #4.
Cleveland Browns (4-12)COLLEGE: Indiana
Class: JrHT: 6-2
WT: 215POS: WR
Analysis: The Browns got their QB at No. 4 in Manziel, and now they’ll add a weapon for him to throw to opposite Josh Gordon. I was really impressed with Latimer’s tape when I finally got the chance to study him recently, and he’s a really good fit for an offense like Cleveland’s that figures to incorporate some West Coast principles under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He has good size, instincts, run-after-catch ability and toughness.
Unlike Kiper, who has the Browns taking a corner, McShay goes with the fast rising Latimer here. Latimer may be the biggest riser in the draft process. He played for Indiana, with poor QB play and a bad team. He was under the radar to start the off-season but slowly but surely has risen to the point that the Eagles at #22 are seen as prime possibility for this talented WR. Latimer does a little of everything good with his good frame and speed. His route running is solid and his football IQ is high. He could be a huge find late in the first yet his college production, or lack there of, make him a bit of a concern.
Manziel and Latimer give the Browns 2 future cogs in their offense, is it enough for you? Does Latimer’s college production give you concern?