The 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NFL Draft are tonight and Mel Kiper has published his 2nd Round Mock Draft (Insider, Costs $). Tonight could be as exciting as yesterday, minus Johnny Manziel. The Browns have the 35th pick, and pick right in front of the Oakland Raiders. The Browns could auction off that pick to teams looking to jump the Raiders for Derek Carr. The Browns also could be a trade partner with the Dallas Cowboys who are looking for defensive help. Other teams might be looking for one of the amazing set of wide receivers left on the board and are concerned about missing “their guy.” The Browns could pick up picks in the 3rd or 4th round as well as next year if they are lucky. Lets take a look at Kiper’s 2nd Round Mock for the Browns:
35. Cleveland Browns
Marqise Lee*, WR, USC
Analysis: He’s the No. 22-ranked player on my final Big Board and is a good fit opposite Josh Gordon. This offense now looks full of weapons.
Kiper has the Texans taking Carr at the top of the round, doubtful to many due to the team’s experience with his brother but interesting at least. The Redskins take an offensive tackle leaving the Browns to take any of the receivers left on the board. That includes Cody Latimer, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief and Lee. Lee will fit well with Gordon and the rest of the offense but may not be the bigger receiver that they want. Size shouldn’t decide the pick but could be the tie breaker for the team. Adding a receiver seems like a given but others are a possibility including offensive line.
Kiper has Robinson going next at , Jordan Matthews at 39, Latimer at 44, Davante Adams at 48, Bruce Ellington at 49, Jarvis Landry at 54, Martavis Bryant at 56 and Kevin Norwood at 63 to put a ton of receivers off the board in Round 2. It is very possible as runs normally happens in mid to late rounds of drafts.
He has Browns target Xavier Su’a-Filo going to the Bucs at 38. Morgan Moses, a big right tackle at 41 to the Bills. Inside backer Chris Borland at 53. And for Buckeyes fans he has Carlos Hyde joining Bill Bellichick, who loves Urban Meyer players, in New England at pick 62, the first RB off the board.
How would you feel about Lee? With the depth at WR would you be willing to move down? Do you think that many receivers go in Round 2? Would you prefer an offensive lineman, Hyde or another defender instead at 35?