You know you might be addicted to NFL Draft coverage when you DVR the ESPN Special where Mel Kiper and Todd McShay alternate picks for the first round of the draft. Following the completion of the TV show the two of them continued their alternating picks through the 3rd of the draft. That is found here via an ESPN Insider post (Costs $). Lets take a look at the 5 picks they gave to the Cleveland Browns:
4. Cleveland Browns
Kiper’s pick: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Analysis: I have five of the first 83 picks in this draft, seven in the first four rounds. I’m going to add talent, so I’m willing to place a big bet on a player with the potential to change the face of my franchise. And I do so knowing he doesn’t have to start immediately.
Kiper picked evens so he gets the first 2 picks for the Browns and starts with Manziel. During the show he used LeBron James’ thoughts on Manziel and the need for excitement in Cleveland as the reason to make the pick. McShay followed up saying that those are the worst reasons to make any selection. The Browns add a QB in a draft where no QBs have separated themselves so Manziel has his positives and negatives like Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater.
26. Cleveland Browns (from IND)
Kiper’s pick: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Analysis: The offense in Cleveland was plagued by the lack of a reliable second WR target behind Josh Gordon last season. Ellington is underrated. He’ll create space, make catches and create yardage after the catch.
Kiper again takes a smaller athlete, and skips over a number of other receivers that are mocked more often to the Browns. Reminder that these are picks that these two would make, not what they expect the teams to make. Ellington is more of a slot receiver then an outside guy. Kiper and McShay are very high on receivers and had a record number, 9, taken in the first round. Ellington would add to the pile but would be unsatisfying for a team in need of another bigger outside receiver.