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The Browns wheeled and dealed until they could land quarterback Johnny Manziel in Round 1.
Justin Gilbert, CB (Round 1, Pick 8)
The Browns needed another shutdown cornerback to pair with Joe Haden and they wasted no time, trading down to ninth overall with the Buffalo Bills and then back up to eight to take Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert.
Gilbert has 182 career college tackles, along with 12 interceptions, and is an upgrade in size, speed and power over Buster Skrine, who can move back into slot corner. The Browns now have the secondary needed to run Mike Pettine's aggressive defense.
Johnny Manziel, QB (Round 1, Pick 22)
There was no question that the Browns needed a quarterback, regardless of the status of Brian Hoyer. The Browns wasted little time, making sure they could move up a quartet of spots from 26 to take Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.
Manziel's signing prompted Browns fans to order over 2,000 season tickets in the 24 hours after he was selected. But, more than that, Manziel gives the Browns their quarterback of the future and someone to build an offense around.
Joel Bitonio, OT (Round 2, Pick 35)
While the Browns certainly needed to address wide receiver early in this draft, if they did in Round 2 they would have lost out on the opportunity for an upgrade on offensive line. Nevada tackle Joel Bitonio was a smart use of their third pick in the draft, allowing the Browns to potentially kick Mitchell Schwartz from right tackle to guard. Bitonio could be a Browns lifer, much like his counterpart on the left, Joe Thomas.
Terrance West, RB (Round 3, Pick 94)
Yes, the Browns have Ben Tate and yes, Dion Lewis could come back with guns blazing after breaking his leg in the preseason last year. But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would certainly love to have a stable of backs on the roster. And the Browns certainly need all the run-game help they can get after ranking a dismal 27th in rushing yards last year.
West has 4,854 career collegiate rushing yards, including 2,509 last year. He also caught 26 passes for 258 yards in 2013. The Browns met a pressing need perfectly with the productive West.
Pierre Desir, CB (Round 4, Pick 127)
The Browns may not be lacking for cornerback starters or depth, but that doesn't mean they wasted their fourth-round selection on Lindenwood's Pierre Desir. With 25 career interceptions dating back to his two seasons at Washburn College in Kansas, 93 tackles over the last two years and great speed and size, he could easily catch on in Cleveland and eventually become a starter. With his background, his work ethic won't even begin to be a question.
The Bills' First-Round pick in 2015
To move down first from fourth overall to ninth, the Browns received the Buffalo Bills' first-round pick next year. There's nothing wrong with adding a second first-round pick—especially one that could very well be in the top half of the draft.