Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive back Justin Gilbert runs the shuttle run during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
#26 – Justin Gilbert
With the 26th pick I would draft the highest rated corner, offensive tackle, safety or receiver/tight end available, in that order if a tie needs to be broke. With this draft Gilbert is still available, which I don’t expect in the real one. Gilbert blew up the Combine and may be the first corner off the board. There are a couple other corners that could fall here as well. For the Browns they need to find a immediate starter from day one with this pick, unless they take a non-QB #4 then a QB is possible here. Receiver is placed last on my list due to the reasoning discussed with Watkins but also due to the developmental time of receivers. If Bortles is a long term pick, which he would be as would Johnny Manziel and even Teddy Bridgewater, then this pick needs to make an impact right away. Receivers often take until their 3rd year to really blossom and with the way last year went Jimmy Haslam and the fans wouldn’t be okay with both first round picks have little impact. A road grading right tackle could open up the run game. A free safety like Ha-Ha Clinton Dix or Calvin Pryor would fit well next to TJ Ward and a second tight end would fill a role with Cameron. With this draft its Gilbert who will give the Browns 2 great corners for years to come.