Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running backBen Tate
(44) runs off the field after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
We posted our Weekly FoS 2014 NFL Mock Draft first round on Friday. This morning we give you our updated 7 Round Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Draft. Free Agency could still greatly impact the results of the draft and the moves the team has already has made some impact on our thinking in the draft:
Donte Whitner – The Browns will still address the safety position in the draft, with a possibility of that happening high, but when they do that player is most likely a rangy free safety type after signing Hitner.
Karlos Dansby – The signing of Dansby means the Browns don’t have to draft a inside linebacker high in the draft. The Browns still may but by filling the need hole they don’t have to reach for someone at the position. Finding a more rangy, second time already we used that term, linebacker also is an important attribute.
Ben Tate – Signing Tate doesn’t mean the Browns will not draft a running back but it does mean they will pick their position more cautiously. Like the safety and linebacker positions, the Browns can decide to take a back where they have them ranked instead of reaching for one due to a need.
There are a couple of possible moves out there that could also impact the draft:
Andrew Hawkins – The Browns could easily draft a wide receiver early but if Hawkins offer sheet is not matched by the Bengals the Browns will focus on a outside receiver over a slot type guy.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – The Browns have an invitation to DRC to come to Cleveland for a discussion. He has left seeing both the Jets and the Giants without a contract. Its possible he uses the Browns as leverage but could the Browns throw some upfront money his way and the ability to be a #2 corner for an up and coming team.
Arthur Moats – With the signing of Dansby the Browns have one ILB, Moats is rumored to be on his way to fill the second role. If he is signed it could impact early picks. The Browns could still draft the best player available, even if it is a ILB, but could pass to fill a greater need on the team. Moats isn’t a for sure player so the team won’t pass up a huge talent due to him.
Alex Mack – Mack has been transitioned tagged. He seems to be shopping his services but will struggle to find a taker. If something happens and Mack is gone the offensive line shoots up the need list, even as its already high on the list.
Now on to our 7 Round Mock