What I Want and What I Think They’ll Do, Cleveland Browns 4 Round Mock Draft 2014

Introduction: It’s week five. A warm fall, Thursday night in downtown Cleveland. The Browns are ready to play their only prime time game of the season against the Buffalo Bills. Little do they know, their next coach is on the other sidelines. Usually when week 5 comes around, Browns fans are already talking about the next draft and drinking the draft at the bar dry. Things have not gone well for the fans since the fluke that was 2007. However, this week five was different. They were coming off a two game winning streak under a quarterback that showed promising signs. A third-string signal caller that was handed the job after the starter went down with injury and with then rookie head coach, Rob Chudzinski, having more confidence in him than the second stringer. He led a comeback against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis and embarrassed state rival, Cincinnati Bengals, at home. The new fan favorite? Cleveland’s own, Brian Hoyer. Rarely I miss a game, but I had tickets to see Trivium and Devildriver at the time, and I try to never miss a good show. I remember pumping up Browns fan in the streets of the city and talking smack to the Bills fans that showed up. This Hoyer guy helped most of the city forget that the night before, the Cleveland Indians blew their fantastic season in one game. Weeks before this game, fans wanted former President Joe Banner’s head after trading third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Trent Richardson, to the Colts for a 1st round pick. Going into this game, they realized the front office ripped off the Colts and Banner was suddenly the good guy again. The team was only 2-2 with a win away from first place. Things were going well . . . too well. And then it happened. I remember pulling out my Iphone to check on the game between acts. When I saw fan “favorite” Brandon Weeden was playing, I knew something went wrong. The next day, hours after the win over Buffalo, the team informed the fans that Hoyer had torn his ACL, ending his season. The thing that the Dawg Pound would wish happen to Ben Roethlisberger and other athletes hated by Clevelanders, happened to their savior. The Browns would only win one more game after that. It got worse. No one saw the most bizzare offseason the team would have in franchise history. After the week 17 loss in Pittsburgh, coach Chud was asked by Banner and new owner Jimmy Haslam to stop by First Energy Stadium. When he left the facility, he was no longer the coach of the Cleveland Browns. He didn’t even make it to “black monday”. The team fired the coach after one season. A season where he didn’t have enough on the roster to compete and still had 6 players on the Pro Bowl roster. The fans tore the front office apart, giving them insulting nicknames and expressing their doubt in the direction of the franchise. It took a month and a half of coach searching to finally fill the void. They had offers rejected and options that went somewhere else. In the end, Buffalo Bill’s Defensive Cordinator Mike Pettine was hired to help improve the team performance. During the search, Haslam saw another change that needed to happen. A week after Pettine moved into his new office, President Joe Banner and General Manager Mike Lombardi were shown the door. Assistant GM Ray Farmer was promoted and given the tough responsibility to improve the roster. Many teams wanted to hire him for the position. Being compared to Raven’s GM and Browns legend Ozzie Newsome, got team’s attention. The fact he actually played at the pro level also made his resume look better. He turned down every offer knowing this team was headed in a winning direction and hoped to have a bigger role with them. The new regime got right to work. Defensive captain D’Qwell Jackson and 1st round bust Brandon Weeden were cut. During the free agency period, Farmer loaded the team with improvements including Cleveland native and Pro Bowler, Donte Whitner. The fan base can’t help but feel a little uneasy, and at the same time excited about the changes. During the offseason, a once in a life time opportunity happened for the fans. Montecito Picture Company released a motion picture on April 11th called Draft Day, that was about a General Manager, played by Kevin Costner, who is attempting to turn the Cleveland Browns around thru the 2014 draft. The nation could finally see what it was like to be a Browns fan and all the craziness that goes along with it. The team has seven picks in the first four rounds of the draft including two in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th. They play their cards right, it could make an immediate impact resulting in more wins. Drop the ball as if they were Braylon Edwards, you could see the team picking in the top 5 again. Quarterback is still a huge hole or is it already answered thru a healthy Brian Hoyer? This is what I want to see. This is what I think they’ll do.

Key Players that Stayed: K Billy Cundiff and C Alex Mack

Key Departures: LB D’Qwell Jackson, QB Brandon Weeden, QB Jason Cambell, and WR Devon Bess

Key Additions: S Donte Whitner, LB Karlos Dansby, WR Andrew Hawkins, WR Nate Burleson, OG Paul McQuistan, RB Ben Tate, and QB Vince Young

1st Round: Pick 4

Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins

Me: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
The Browns loaded up on receivers this offseason, rightfully so. Andrew Hawkins will dominate the slot and Nate Burleson’s veteran presence is much needed. However, I think they’re missing a true option opposite of Josh Gordon. This guy is our answer. Very fast and has playmaker hands. What’s even better? He wants to be a Cleveland Brown. Yeah, you read that right. Players, unfortunatly, don’t say that often. He posted a photo on his instagram, that he edited himself, of what he would look like in a Browns jersey. It makes too much sense. No quarterback here. Play it safe and go with the guarenteed playmaker. Remember one of the big reasons the Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl back in ’09? Kurt Warner had Anquan Boldin on one side and Larry Fitzgerald on the other. NOT saying the Browns will go to the Super Bowl by picking him, but that duo will give defenses headaches. If he’s off the board when we pick, I say trade down.

Browns: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
I have a gut feeling Farmer will agree with me on this one. He has said time and time again that they will not draft a QB with the 4th pick. Analysts and fans either decide not to listen or take it as a smoke screen. There is a lot of talk out of Browns camp that he hasn’t stopped impressing them. Think they’ll pull the trigger on him.
Other options the Browns may go with: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn. LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo.

1st Round: Pick 26 (from Colts)

Me: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Don’t get me wrong, I like both Buster Skrine and Tashaun Gipson. But if you can get any kind of upgrade, you get it. As a huge Ohio State fan, I had the pleasure of watching this guy frustrate receivers all season, except for Watkins. Strong

Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby

aggressive player that can read offenses very well. Doesn’t get rattled easily and plays his game. I would like to see Skrine play more in the nickel package and Roby playing opposit of Haden. Opposing quarterbacks won’t sleep the night after dealing with that match up.
Other options I would like: CB Dargueze Dennard, Michigan State

Browns: OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Xavier Su’a-Filo

Wait, NO QUARTERBACK IN THE 1ST ROUND?! Yep, I think it’s going to happen, especially if this guy is still on the board. What did every single Super Bowl winner have other than a good defense? A killer offensive line. You need to protect your quarterback and running back if you want to win. The Brownies added one o-line man and kept Alex Mack this offseason. As good as that was, you need five good linemen on the field. This guy is a very over-looked, solid player. Blocks very well in the run and passing game. One of the fastest linemen I have seen in quite sometime. I can see Tate taking off on a play and needing a block down the line and then BAM! the defender hits the turf. That defender could look at the replay on the scoreboard and see himself getting leveled by the beast named Su’a-Filo. I may perfer Roby, but wouldn’t be upset if they went in this direction. I do think they go QB if he is already picked.
Other options the Browns may go with: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Round 2: Pick 35

Me: RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde

Your maybe thinking I’m going Buckeye crazy right now. As much as I love OSU, I promise you this is the last Buckeye. Very underrated player that I personnally don’t think received enough attention in Urban Meyer’s system, which usually consists of more passing and QBs scrambling instead of handing it off. Not bashing Meyer, he’s done a fantastic job, but under Tressel he may have been considered for the heisman and a mid-1st round pick. Yeah, I’m that high on him. Great mixture of power and agility,doesn’t give up on plays, and has a good burst of speed. I like the fact they signed Ben Tate, but he’s never had a healthy season. I think the QB class this draft has good talent but also brings some serious risk. No guarenteed star. That being said, I would like to surround whoever is under center with a great selection of weapons that help move the chains. Hyde would bring some serious depth to the backfield.
Other options I would like: G David Yankey, Stanford

Browns: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Browns have chosen their quarterback in the 2014 draft. I have heard they may choose two, but with

Derek Carr

Derek Carr

the recent signing of Vince Young, I don’t really know how serious they’re about that. But why Carr? He has good height, strong arm, good accuracy, signal caller, scrambles when he needs to, and he threw 50 TDs. Wouldn’t be against having him in a Browns uniform. However, he also didn’t play in a really tough conference. His bowl game vs. USC wasn’t his finest moment but neither was it terrible. Anything can be worked on and fixed in the pro level though. He’ll be the competition Hoyer and Young need to prove themselves.

Round 3: Pick 71

Me: OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford
I really think the Browns should upgrade the o-line for obvious reasons. I think there needs to be at least two selected between the first seven picks. I haven’t picked one for them yet so here is the first one, Mr. Fleming. Mitchell Schwartz

Cameron Fleming

Cameron Fleming

hasn’t worked out so far at right tackle. They won’t give up on him and are talking about moving him to guard. Either way, Fleming would be their answer to the right side. Big build that defenders had a hard time getting around all season. He wasn’t very fast but he was extremely good at protecting, especially in the passing game. The Browns will run a more vertical type of offense, making the man in the middle pass more. Whoever it maybe will need enough time to make the right play. That’s what the Stanford alum can bring to the table.

Browns: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington OR G Gabe Jackson, Mississppi State

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

I do understand they get to pick one player with the pick but let me explain. Jenkins is a great talent. Very Jimmy Graham like. Played basketball just like Graham, Antonio Gates, and Browns own Jordan Cameron. The first time I heard abou this guy was from someones mock draft from last year predicting the Browns would take him 7th overall this year. Why isn’t he labled as a 1st round talent right now?
Gabe Jackson

Gabe Jackson

It’s called injury and off the field issues. His stock may have dropped but it’s not forgotten. I think if he’s on the board at 71, Farmer won’t be able to resist. The issue here is that he could be gone in the 2nd round by a very needy team. Either way I think Cameron does sign an extension and all will be well with the tight end situation. It just would be mind numbing to add Jenkins in the mix. If he’s not on the board, Browns will add another tough pass blocker to their o-line in Gabe Jackson.

Round 3: Pick 83 (from Steelers)

Me: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
I have chosen who I want to compete for the starting quarterback spot. I have recently become a big fan of this kid from

Aaron Murray

Aaron Murray

Georgia. He fits in the system too. Signal play caller, strong arm, accuracy could be touched up but not bad, very fast on his feet, quick decision making, and excellent vision. His height may scare some scouts, but I don’t think it’s a serious issue. There have been some comparisons to Andy Dalton, but when I watched some footage of him only one name came to mind: Drew Brees. I really think he could be successful at the next level.

Browns: S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

Lamarcus Joyner

Lamarcus Joyner

Browns could upgarde the backfield more despite adding Donte Whitner. This guy is a freak and that’s an understatement. He can play safety and corner back, and is a fantastic return man. Looking at his size you would never guess how much of a “hard-hitter” he is. Joyner had a reputation for jarring the ball lose. He could also bring down guess twice his size like if it was nothing. I would not want to be the receiver that has to deal with him and Whitner for an entire game.
Other options the Browns may go with: CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska

Round 4: Pick 106

Me: OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor

Cyril Richardson

Cyril Richardson

Richardson may not have the speed or stamina at times, but he doesn’t get pushed around. There was footage of this guy where it looked like he lost on a play and before the defender could interfer with the play, Richardson got back in his face. He also had a knack for leveling opponets to the ground. Good depth behind Jason Pinkston incase he gets hurt again.
Other options I would like: G Chris Watt, Notre Dame

Browns: DT Anthony Johnson, Lousiana State

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

Brown’s defensive line is very talented. Adding more depth wouldn’t hurt. Browns will run a mix of different defenses, but 4-3 probabaly will be their main scheme. Ahtybia Rubin is getting hurt more every year. It would be a wise idea to put Johnson behind him. The LSU prospect is very fast for his size and specialized at getting to the quarterback. Just ask Johnny Manziel, he’ll tell you.
Other options the Browns may choose: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State

Round 4: Pick 127 (from Colts)

Me: RB/WR Dri Archer, Kent State
I usually don’t jump the gun on MAC players, but this guy is a rare breed. Adding Watkins in the 1st, the Browns would have a lot of receivers on the roster, but I’m giving Kyle Shanahan a serious weapon. Great field vision, speed, agility, and

Dri Archer

Dri Archer

possession hands. Rarely hesitates and finds the weakness in the defenses quickly. I didn’t forget he played in a weaker conference, but I think with his skills he’s NFL ready. He would fit in nicely as a great backup for Andrew Hawkins and could give Travis Benjamin some breaks. Archer excelled as a returner too.

Browns: LB Jordan Tripp, Montana
I can see Coach Pettine’s face light up right now. This guy is a diamond in the rough. Fast, smart, and very strong. He can

Jordan Tripp

Jordan Tripp

play both inside and outside linebacker. Most likely the starting linebackers will be Mingo, Dansby, and Kruger. Adding Tripp as a backup will irritate opponents. I’ll be surprised if this guy isn’t on the Browns board.

Overview:Me-WR Sammy Watkins, CB Bradley Roby, RB Carlos Hyde, OT Cameron Fleming, QB Aaron Murray, OG Cyril Richardson, and RB/WR Dri Archer
Browns-WR Sammy Watkins, OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, QB Derek Carr, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins OR OG Gabe Jackson, S Lamarcus Joyner, DT Anthony Johnson, and LB Jordan Tripp

Conclusion: Browns have a chance to make a big turn around thru this draft. Ray Farmer has played the game and understands every position. Adding seven to ten good players to any football team can make an immediate impact. Changing coaches and schemes again probably hurt the team somewhere down the line, but with the veteran presence added will hopefully come thru before season’s end. I do personnally believe that Brian Hoyer has the tools to lead the team. However, if I’m wrong I just hope we found the right man for job somewhere in the roster. The AFC North isn’t as strong as it used to be and they need to take advantage of that. The team needs to take it one game at a time and for the fan’s sake, win more than 4 or 5 games. It will be a long interesting ride till opening day, but hopefully a fun one for the fans. If not, we can always drink plenty during the games and then pass out. Then it will be like the nightmare never happened. Intill then, lets just cheer and bark like all the true fans do. GO BROWNS!!!!!