2014 Cleveland Browns Mock Draft with Player Scouting Profiles

Will BurgeContributor IFebruary 3, 2014

2014 Cleveland Browns Mock Draft with Player Scouting Profiles

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    Now that the NFL season is over, hope begins for 31 franchises that did not find the promised land. The Cleveland Browns have been looking to find the road toward that sacred territory since 1964.

    This May, the Browns have 10 draft picks that will shape the franchise for better or worse. This offseason can propel the franchise toward relevancy. It could also pull it deeper into the doldrums of the NFL if it is not executed properly.

    Last week, we broke down round-by-round what the Browns big board should be, and it is time to take it a step further. Big boards show the available talent in each round, but sooner or later, the team must make a decision.

    In this piece, decisions were made and players were chosen. Choices were made based on media reports and team needs. While the storylines will change between now and May, the end result will be the same.

    The Browns will select players who they feel will move the franchise in the direction needed. Let’s take a look at my first mock draft of 2014.

First Round: 4th and 26th Picks

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    According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Browns are willing to trade up for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. If they are willing to trade up, then that means Manziel is the guy they feel can lead the franchise toward a Super Bowl.

    Once a team decides that a quarterback can be the difference between mediocrity and Super Bowl, it should be willing to do whatever it takes to get that player. The Browns will be put to that test this draft.

    If they truly want Manziel, they will have to trade up to the second pick to get him. If the Houston Texans select Teddy Bridgewater like Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller predicts in his post-Super Bowl mock draft, then the Browns cannot afford to wait and see if Manziel makes it past St. Louis and Jacksonville.

    In this scenario, the Browns will have to trade the fourth, 26th and 71st picks this year along with a future second-round pick to move up to the No. 2 pick to select Manziel. They won't want to do it, but past mistakes in Cleveland will guide their course.

    The Browns know they cannot afford to let another franchise quarterback slip through their hands like in the 2012 draft with Robert Griffin III. They will pay that price for Manziel and live with the consequences.

    So there it is…

    “With the second pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.”

Second Round: 35th Pick

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    Instead of trading away their second-round draft pick, the Browns opted for a third-rounder and a future second because they know Manziel will need weapons.

    The Browns also know that this is an incredibly deep draft for wide receivers, so one of will inevitably slip into the second round. This is where the Browns will grab Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson.

    This 6’3”, 210-pound highlight reel will be a perfect complement to All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon. His game-breaking ability will give Manziel options when looking for receivers downfield.

    Under new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins passed the ball the ninth-most times in the league. Their leading receiver, Pierre Garcon, had the most balls thrown his way in 2013.

    If the Browns give him multiple legitimate receiving threats, then the ball will be flying all over FirstEnergy Stadium.

    So there it is…

    “With the 35th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson.”

Third Round: 83rd Pick (71st Pick Traded to Move Up in Round 1)

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    The Browns will need to upgrade their offensive line, and the best option to do so at this point in the third round is Dakota Dozier, the guard from Furman.

    This 6’4”, 312-pound bulldozer is the perfect option to bolster the Browns' weak run offense. They need someone who can move the pile on the right side of the line. Dozier is their man.

    He was a 2013 football subdivision All-American and will be a starter for a decade in the NFL barring injury. While he isn’t a flashy name, he will help keep Cleveland's first-round investment healthy.

    So there it is…

    “With the 83rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Furman guard Dakota Dozier.”

Fourth Round: 102nd and 138th Picks

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    This is where the Browns absolutely have to hit a home run in this draft. After trading away their late first-round pick and one of their third-round picks, they need value in this territory.

    The great teams draft All-Pro players in this round. The bad teams draft a linebacker named Kaluka Maiava.

    The Browns make their first strike in the fourth round by selecting a running back from Arizona State named Marion Grice. He is a 6’0", 205-pound back who rushed for 996 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013 despite missing his team's final two games with a leg injury.

    Grice will help fill a huge void the Browns had in their backfield after trading Trent Richardson.

    So there it is…

    “With the 102nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Arizona State running back Marion Grice.”


    The Browns then bounce back to the defensive side of the football with the 102nd pick in the draft. It is time to bolster the secondary and help move Buster Skrine back to nickelback where he truly belongs.

    Jaylen Watkins, brother of Clemson wide receiver and potential top-10 pick Sammy Watkins, is the clear choice in this spot.

    His 6’0”, 194-pound frame and great closing speed makes him one of the best cornerback prospects in this draft. He also had a great week at the Senior Bowl, according to Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com.

    He does not come with the ballyhoo of his brother but could end up being nearly as impotent to whichever team drafts him.

    So there it is…

    “With the 138th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins.”

Fifth Round: 133rd Pick

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    Inevitably, this late in the draft someone will fall much further than anyone thought he should. The Browns will snag one of those players here, and it will help fill a huge need.

    Lamin Barrow is a 6’1”, 229-pound inside linebacker from LSU and known as not only a run-stopper, but also a big hitter who can make an immediate impact in the NFL.

    Barrow will start alongside D’Qwell Jackson and get a chance to be a Donald Butler-type player. Butler is the inside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers who was drafted in third round and excelled into a top-tier defender.

    The Browns need to find that type of player and hope Barrow can be the guy.

    So there it is…

    “With the 133rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select LSU inside linebacker Lamin Barrow.”

Sixth Round: 164th Pick

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    The Browns once again get a gift from the heavens above in the sixth round. Because of his small stature and small-school pedigree, this playmaker slips to the Browns in the sixth round.

    Dri Archer, the 5’8”, 175-pound athlete, is an offensive weapon who is also a local product. Playing at Kent State University served as a perfect scouting tool for the Browns.

    Shanahan’s offense needs playmakers, and Archer is an offensive play-caller's dream. If he lasts this long, he will end up in a brown and orange uniform.

    So there it is…

    “With the 164th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Kent State running back/wide receiver Dri Archer.”

Seventh Round: 195th Pick

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    When a small-school running back with big-time abilities falls into the seventh round, you cannot pass on him. Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews fits that mold perfectly.

    OptimumScouting.com said Andrews overcame his reputation as a fumbler and impressed during Senior Bowl week.

    The 5’10”, 225-pound back is a bulldozer and will help give the Browns legitimate options at running back for the 2014 season.

    So there it is…

    “With the 195th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Western Kentucky running back Antonio Andrews.”