Matt Miller’s Final NFL Mock Draft (7 Rounds)

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the shuttle dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

 

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report does some amazing work. He breaks down information in weekly Scouting Notebooks that are must read for anyone. His interactions on Twitter are both honest and funny. He is stubborn about his evaluations, not wavering while other media outlets change their boards. He grades based on watching a ton of film and makes thought out decisions. All of that leads us up to his Final 7 Round Mock Draft and looking at how it impacts the Cleveland Browns:

The Pick: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

Johnny Football isn’t ranked inside my top 10 players, but his potential is too good to ignore when you’re a quarterback-starved team. And the Browns are definitely that.

The Browns have the ideal setup for Manziel, too, with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in place, a good offensive line, and some dynamic threats at receiver and tight end. This isn’t a finished offense, but Manziel thrives in chaos and could be the spark plug this team needs.

Miller has Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Teddy Bridgewater off the board ahead of the Browns pick. That leaves the Browns selecting either Manziel or Blake Bortles at QB, Khalil Mack the stud defender, either of the offensive tackles (Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews) or Mike Evans the second rated receiver by most. Miller takes Manziel for the Browns, a return to the earliest of Mock Drafts from this year for most.

Manziel is a dynamic player that has many question marks but also many positives listed on his board. He is competitive, can make all the throws, can run well and was highly productive in the best conference in college football. His question marks includes his ability to throw from the pocket, injury concerns given his size and his personality, off the field interests.

Manziel should fit well in the Kyle Shanahan system which has many rollouts and bootlegs involved to keep Manziel moving around. Shanahan also could incorporate some of his Read Option schemes with Manziel. Allowing Manziel to sit for a year, behind Brian Hoyer, makes this pick make the most sense. The Browns can develop him as a passer first and foremost for a season. What did Miller do after that bombshell pick to improve the Browns? Lets take a look:

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  • Jarod Cook

    I have to say I’m not that big of a fan of Manziel. But he is a good scheme fit for Shanahan’s offense, and with a year of development hopefully the Browns will need to stop the QB shuffle game. Still would rather see them take a skilled position player with the #4 pick.
    Latimer still seems a bit of a reach at this point. He might have the intangibles, but taking a late riser in a deep WR class doesn’t sound to smart. I’d rather take a guy like Robinson who’s been there the whole time. Personally I’m hoping they take Shazier with the #26 pick and wait till #35 to take a WR.
    Desir also seems a bit of a reach with the #35 pick. Most sites and experts have him at a 3rd round grade, and that’s where I see him at.
    I personally like Mason over Hyde, but with a good stable of RB’s already this seems more a luxury pick then anything. I’d rather see them double up on CB, or WR who might have fell from the 2nd round because it’s such a deep class.
    I know the OL needed some help but back to back OL picks seems a little unnecessary, especially sense he hasn’t had them addressing the need at ILB yet. Both these players will add some depth and challenge for a starting role, and can turn into fine interior OL players for the future.
    Again taking DL Reid seems to be another luxury pick, the one area the Browns have strength and deep at is the DL. It seem more prudent to take a LB or Safety before taking a DL player. But Reid has excellent upside and would be a great value pick #127.
    No way does Skov fall to the 5th round in the draft, but if he’s there at #145 the Browns will be jumping for joy. If they want him they’ll probably have to take him in the 3rd or 4th with one of their picks.
    As for rounds 6 and 7 look to add some depth and take some chances on players. Personally I like RB Crowell and think he can be next Alfred Morris.