The Cleveland Browns have done an amazing job of not tipping their hands on which direction they might be going in the NFL Draft coming up later this week. They could go in any number of directions and no one would be surprised. CBS Sports has 2 Mock Drafts out recently that literally have the team moving in opposite directions, the same amount of picks. Lets start with the trade up one from Pat Kirwan:
2. CLEVELAND BROWNS (MOCK TRADE FROM ST. LOUIS THROUGH WASHINGTON)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: No one in this draft changes field position like Watkins. He is terrific after the catch, can run deep routes well, and after watching the Ohio State game again I’m convinced he’s the right guy for the Browns.
Kirwan doesn’t note what the Browns would give up to move up 2 picks but if they think Watkins has seperated himself greatly from Mike Evans, most don’t, then this trade up makes sense. Minimum the Browns will have to give up at least a 3rd round for this move. A gutsy move knowing Evans and many others would be available at 4. Picks 26 and 35 have great value WRs likely as well. Watkins could be an electric player that taking would change the status of the Browns offense and the AFC North. He also could be a really really good WR but like most WR not change the entire team by himself. The Browns have a number of needs that moving up for a WR may not be worth it. One need is at QB, lets see if Kirwan addresses that need at #26:
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: Phil Simms and Jon Gruden both told me Carr is their No. 1 QB in the draft. I like quarterbacks with experience and this guy has 45 starts, 113 touchdown passes and 12,843 yards.
Yep Kirwan gives the Browns the big armed QB that can cut threw the winds coming off Lake Erie. Whether Carr makes it this far on draft day is a different discussion. It is possible the Browns gamble that one of their guys falls this far and none are still there. It is also possible that they gamble and Carr, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater fall far enough to either be drafted here, or for the team to move up to get them. In Kirwan’s draft Bridgewater and Carr are still on the board here. Lets take a look on the next page what a draft with a trade down does for the team with Will Brinson’s Mock Draft: