Matt Miller, BleacherReport.com
Once again we go with the picks from our very own seven-round mock draft guru Matt Miller. He has the Browns closing out the last three rounds with a linebacker, running back and quarterback.
This is the part of the draft where you have to look at upside more than anything else. The question every team needs to ask themselves at this point is, “What can this player possibly become?”
If you are looking for immediate impact, then you will always be disappointed in this realm of picks.
I really like the selection of Chris Smith in the fifth round because he would be a great special teams player. He could also possibly get a few snaps at linebacker right away for the Browns. He is an aggressive hitter, which is something that Mike Pettine looks for in his linebackers.
I do not think that Dri Archer will last until the sixth round, but if he does, the Browns better snatch him up. He will never be a feature back but could be a unique weapon for whichever team snags him.
If the Browns selected Connor Shaw, or any other quarterback for that matter, in the seventh round, then it would be for the practice squad. The Browns already have enough quarterback youth and will need to bring a veteran. A guy like Shaw would have no realistic shot at making the roster.
Who they should select
- Fifth round: Chris Smith, OLB, Arkansas
- Sixth round: Dri Archer, RB, Kent
- Seventh round: Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
As I said earlier, I love the selection of Smith. He would be a perfect developmental linebacker who would contribute on special teams immediately. People forget that teams actually draft players based on special teams ability too.
Working under the assumption that Archer will be there in the sixth round, I think it is a great pick. Like I said, however, I don’t really see a scenario where he falls past the fourth round, let alone the fifth.
Instead of a quarterback, I have the Browns rounding out their 2014 draft with a fullback. They do not have one on the roster currently, and Prosch should be able to step right into that role.