At some point in time, the Cleveland Browns were expected to be major players for one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft. Rumors ran rampant about former front office mates Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi and their seeming attraction to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
When owner Jimmy Haslam rid the franchise of Banner and Lombardi and replaced them with highly regarded first-year general manager Ray Farmer, the door was again opened for the Browns to find the right players to fit within a system developed by new coach Mike Pettine.
Entering the free-agency period with $51.1 million in salary-cap space, the Browns made significant strides in bolstering an already-productive defense—acquiring Karlos Dansby, Donte Whitner and Isaiah Trufant—and adding complementary skill players Ben Tate and Andrew Hawkins to the offense. Most recently, the Browns addressed a hole in the offensive line by signing free-agent guard Paul McQuistan to a two-year deal.
Now heading into the draft, the Browns are in position to make the Browns a contender in the AFC North. If Farmer can avoid reaching on a potential bust at quarterback at the top of the draft, Cleveland has a rare opportunity to become the biggest winners in the 2014 draft.
The following slides show a mock draft for all seven rounds. Each of the selected players has incredible upside, addresses a significant need and has the potential to be available at the slot in which they are placed.