Updated CBS Sports 2014 NFL Mock Drafts


Oct 26, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) tackled following his catch by Maryland Terrapins defensive back William Likely (4) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

As the Cleveland Browns key in on this week’s huge match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals analyst continue to pour out their 2014 NFL Mock Drafts. A win on Sunday and the Browns, and their fans, can focus on a playoff chase. A loss could mean the beginning of the countdown to, and hope for a high draft pick. Below is the picks by the two CBS Sports analysts:

Rob Rang

"12. CLEVELAND BROWNS(4-5)Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: With a multitude of picks (including two first-rounders due to the Trent Richardson trade), the Browns appear to have the ammunition to move up, if necessary, to get their quarterback of their choice. Cleveland has a young star in Josh Gordon but he’s one failed drug test away from a year-long suspension and Greg Little has struggled with consistency on the other side.25. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)(4-5)Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: Trading Trent Richardson to the Colts gives the Browns the ammunition they may need to make a big trade up to acquire their franchise quarterback. Should the Browns not trade up or take a passer with their own first round pick, they might find Mettenberger’s big arm and experience in a pro-style offense too good of a fit in Norv Turner’s scheme to let fall any further."

Rang has the Browns taking a big play maker in Watkins with their first round pick. Watkins has shown the ability to be a game changer over the past few years. Rang only has Mike Evans the Texas A&M wideout drafted above Watkins at his position. Rang’s selection of Mettenberger is interesting, and could have Browns’ faithful reminiscing about the Brandon Weeden selection. It is possible that the Browns combine the picks to try to move up but in Rang’s draft the first 3 QBs are selected in the top 5 (Bridgewater, Mariotta and Manziel) and the next not selected till #20 (Derek Carr).

Dane Bugler

"12. CLEVELAND BROWNS(4-5)Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: Barring injury, there is a good chance Brandon Weeden never suits up for the Browns again. And while Brian Hoyer is still in the team’s plans, he’s coming off an ACL injury and Cleveland needs to add a young arm to the mix. Enter Carr who has special arm talent and could be the first senior quarterback drafted.25. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)(4-5)Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: No one, not even the Browns, knows if Josh Gordon will be in Cleveland at this time next year, but regardless, the wide receiver position needs a boost. Robinson is a strong, athletic pass-catcher with size, speed and the instincts that should allow him to contribute as a rookie."

Bugler also has the Browns selecting a QB and WR but in this case on the opposite selection to Rang. Carr, the senior QB from Fresno State, is said to have a NFL quality arm while Robinson is playing this year with a freshman quarterback which could limit his statistics. Bugler also has the same 3 QBs selected in the top 5, and to the same places. Carr is the next selected and Taj Boyd as the only other QB selected in the first round, at #32 to the Chiefs. In Bugler’s draft Watkins is selected #9 by the Raiders with Evans, the other big receiver falling to #19 to the Jets.

Overall neither of these drafts would have the wow, excitement factor that Browns’ fans are looking for. While the selection of Watkins could provide dynamic playmaking the concerns about recovering Brian Hoyer, aging Jason Campbell or late first round pick would dampen many spirits. Whether the Browns front office is looking for the wow, excitement in this draft we can be sure they want to find their long term quarterback no matter what it takes to do so. Look for the Browns to try to move up with a team that already has their franchise QB. In the current draft slotting this would be the Falcons, Giants, Bills and perhaps the Rams.