Cleveland Browns' Initial 2014 Round-by-Round Draft Big Board

Will Burge@WillBurgeContributor IJanuary 31, 2014

Cleveland Browns' Initial 2014 Round-by-Round Draft Big Board

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    Now that the collegiate all-star games are complete the Browns can begin to build their big board. It wont be completed until after free agency and the scouting combine, but make no mistake that a preliminary list is being built.

    Good teams build their big boards based on talent and not need. If the Browns follow suit, then they will build player rankings on statistics, video and interviews.

    For our purposes, we will stick to the needs of the Browns and the direction that would most help the roster. There are also positions repeated throughout the seven rounds. This is to reflect the different options available if they do not select that position earlier.

    Normally, teams have players on their big board that they have no chance of drafting but the Browns are in a unique position. They can literally draft anyone available because there is no clear cut first overall pick.

    The board does not stop in the first round, however. Teams have boards that span through all seven rounds and well into the undrafted free agent pool.

    Here is my seven-round big board for the Browns with different options. Each round presents different opportunities and the Browns need to make the most of them.

    Let’s dive in.

First Round: 4th and 26th Picks

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    Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville) 6’2”, 205 lbs

    If the Houston Texans decide that they want to keep Johnny Manziel in the state of Texas then the Browns need to jump on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

    Bridgewater’s stock is suffering from everyone on earth over-analyzing him. He has been the best quarterback available in this draft for a full year and that has not changed.

    Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M) 6’0”, 210 lbs

    If the Texans do what everyone on earth thinks they will do and draft Bridgewater, Manziel should be the fall back option.

    Despite his lack of ideal height, his playmaking ability is undeniable. He is the ultimate boom or bust player in this draft.

    Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina) 6’5”, 274 lbs

    Sammy Watkins (WR, South Clemson) 6’1”, 205 lbs

    C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama) 6’2”, 232 lbs

    Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M) 6’5”, 225 lbs

    Zack Martin (OT/G, Notre Dame) 6’4”, 305 lbs

    Marqise Lee (WR, USC) 6’0”, 195 lbs

    David Yankey (G, Stanford) 6’5”, 314 lbs

    Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State) 6’5”, 235 lbs

Second Round: 35th Pick

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    Allen Robinson (WR, Penn State) 6’3”, 210 lbs

    If the Browns do not snag a playmaker to put opposite Josh Gordon in the first round of the draft they need to get one here. Robinson has first round potential and if he slips to this spot he is an easy pick.

    Chris Borland (ILB, Wisconsin) 6’0”, 245 lbs

    Borland wowed scouts at the Senior Bowl with his nose for the ball and big play potential. When you watch Wisconsin film he jumps out on every defensive play. The Browns could plug him in for the next five to seven years.

    Carlos Hyde (RB, Ohio State) 6’0”, 235 lbs

    Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, EIU) 6’2”, 219 lbs

    Shayne Skov (ILB, Stanford) 6’2”, 245 lbs

Third Round: 71st and 83rd Picks

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    Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB, Nebraska) 6’3”, 215 lbs

    The Browns need to draft a cornerback who can slip into the second cornerback role. This would move Buster Skrine back inside to nickelback. Jean-Baptiste was another player who wowed at the Senior Bowl and looks like one of the best corners in the draft.

    Bishop Sankey (RB, Washington) 5’10”, 203 lbs

    Dakota Dozier (G, Furman) 6’4”, 312 lbs

    Terrance Mitchell (CB, Oregon) 6’0”, 190 lbs

    Jack Mewhort (G/T, Ohio State) 6’6”, 306 lbs

Fourth Round: 102nd and 138th Picks

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    Terrence Brooks (FS, Florida State) 5’11”, 197 lbs

    Even if the Browns do not let safety T.J. Ward walk away, they will still need to add some depth at the position. Depending on whom you ask, Brooks is a top 100 pick and the Browns might be able to snag him just outside that mark.

    Keith McGill (CB, Utah) 6’3”, 214 lbs

    Lamin Barrow (ILB, LSU) 6’1”, 229 lbs

    Jaylen Watkins (CB, Florida) 6’0”, 194 lbs

    Mike Davis (WR, Texas) 6’0”, 193 lbs

Fifth Round: 133rd Pick

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    Dri Archer (RB/WR, Kent State) 5’8”, 175 lbs

    This is the spot the Browns can take a gamble and try to snag some interesting playmakers. Not only is Archer a kid who played in northeast Ohio but also he’s a scary weapon with game-breaking speed. A creative offensive mind can find a spot to use this young man.

    Bryan Stork (C, Florida State) 6’4”, 306 lbs

    James Wilder Jr. (RB, Florida State) 6’1”, 229 lbs

    Rashaad Reynolds (CB, Oregon State) 5’11”, 187 lbs

    Jon Halapio (G, UCLA) 6’4”, 320 lbs

Sixth Round: 164th Pick

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    Antonio Andrews (RB, Western Kentucky) 5’10”, 225 lbs

    One of the biggest winners from the Senior Bowl was Antonio Andrews. He showed speed, burst and the vision needed to break big plays from the backfield. He has high top end speed and could be a late-round steal.

    Max Bullough (ILB, Michigan State) 6’3”, 265 lbs

    Andrew Jackson (ILB, Western Kentucky) 6’1”, 259 lbs

    Trey Millard (FB, Oklahoma) 6’2”, 253 lbs

Seventh Round: 195th Pick

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    Matt Hazel (WR, Coastal Carolina) 6’1”, 196 lbs

    Hazel is a project wide receiver who could have really helped his draft stock in the East-West Shrine game but failed to do so. Now he will have to try and make a squad from the seventh round. He has the raw potential to do it.

    James Gayle (DE, Virginia Tech) 6’4”, 255 lbs

    Corey Linsley (C, Ohio State) 6’3”, 297 lbs

    Anthony Fera (K, Texas) 6’1”, 218 lbs