Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) during the game against the UCLA Bruins in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
#145 – Logan Thomas
Maybe a surprise pick but the Browns get their other project QB in the 5th round. Thomas was a highly rated tight end prospect coming out of high school but developed into a QB that many had high hopes for this season. His footwork, accuracy and mechanics all leave something to be desired but his arm strength, moxxy and ability to make plays with his feet make him an interesting prospect that could go higher then this when draft time roles around. Developing 2 bigger QBs who can both move gives the Browns hopes that one or both pan out and they have 2 or 3 QBs instead of the none the fans are so used to.
#180 – Bennett Jackson
The Browns double up again here with another corner in Bennett Jackson out of Notre Dame. At 6′ Jackson has the height to compete with bigger receivers but not the bulk. Bennett could easily transition to the safety position, similar to Malcom Jenkins did. He doesn’t have elite speed or ability to jam receivers which means zone is his best scheme. Pettine’s goal is to get the best out of his players and would put Jackson in position to succeed. Adding a former corner at free safety is the best way to do that with Jackson.
#218 – Isaiah Crowell
With their final pick the Browns double up once again with a back that could be the best in the draft but has a number of red flags. The Browns Ray Farmer and Pettine have made it clear they want the best players available and they will figure the rest out. With Tate, Hyde, Crowell and Dion Lewis the Browns have depth at the running back position that was led by Willis McGahee last year. Clear upgrade.