Thoughts on Browns' Options at #4 and #26

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Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) knocks down Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) in the first quarter as the South Carolina Gamecocks face the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

With the draft, FINALLY, here and after months upon months of breaking down stats, tape and evaluations here are my thoughts on our picks tonight.


With the #4 pick I want the Browns to grab:

QB Johnny Manziel. I’ve written many articles upon my thoughts on why Manziel is the perfect pick for the Browns but I’ll break it down easily. He brings a winning attitude with the ability to match that attitude with production to a team that hasn’t had either of that.

Other potential #4 picks I’m ok with.

QB Blake Bortles - The Browns need to answer the quarterback problem that has sunk them for the past 14 years. If they believe Bortles is the better player, I’m alright for that. Bortles is a tough guy who seems to make the right reads and doesn’t buckle under pressure. He can make the throws and is strong enough and quick enough to buy more time when the pocket is collapsing. I think Bortles can be a solid player. I’m concerned how we’ll adjust to playing a stronger competition but that’s the issue with all these guys.

WR Sammy Watkins – Watkins would be the perfect compliment to Josh Gordon and the replacement for Gordon if he sings a little too much Bob Marley. Putting Watkins in the same pass offense as Gordon and Jordan Cameron will make the quarterback position a lot easier with his ability to create separation and his ability to go up and not only fight for the ball, but to come down with it. Watkins is a game changer.

WR Mike Evans -  A lot of the things said about Watkins applies here but Evans is a bigger beast. Being 6’5″ is going to give him a HUGE advantage against all the corners in the league. Evans could be the choice if Watkins goes to the St. Louis Rams or Jacksonville Jaguars, two very good possibilities.

DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney – If Clowney falls to the Browns, very very slip possibility. I’m 100% okay with taking him. I think he’s a once in a lifetime player. He’s the guy when someone say, “You already have a pro-bowler at that position,” you say SO WHAT? I don’t feel the same about Khalil Mack but I’ll make an exception for one of the most explosive players I’ve ever seen.

These are the guys I’m alright with at #4. These players will continue in the following picks.

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