It is presumptuous at best to offer a full seven round mock draft before the combine, free agency, trades, and many other factors shape NFL rosters and the draft picture. However, with the down time and post-football syndrome weighing heavily upon me, I simply could not resist.
The Combine allows teams to get measurables on players and interview them in addition to seeing them participate in drills. The combine is also the first time many scouts get in-depth exposure to underclassmen in the draft process. As you will note, this draft projection is heavily laden with seniors, as there is a greater amount of information available on them at this time.
You will also notice that there are several Florida Gators on this list. I am not a Florida fan, but I do believe that they have several talented players that would fill important roles for the Browns. I have used research from many different sources including the writers and users of this website to formulate these selections.
Round 1(7) Joe Haden, CB Florida
Joe Haden seems to be the consensus selection for the Browns, especially if Eric Berry is selected earlier. I firmly believe that Tampa Bay will select Berry with the third overall selection. Haden would bring speed and tackling ability to our secondary.
Honorable Mention: Rolando McClain, Sam Bradford, Dez Bryant, and Jimmy Claussen.
Round 2(38) Brandon Spikes, LB Florida
Brandon Spikes was once considered a sure-fire first round pick. Concerns about his speed and an eye-gouging incident have hurt his draft stock, but if he falls to the Browns in the second round they should jump on the opportunity to draft him.
Honorable Mention: Jared Odrick, Golden Tate, Jonathan Dwyer, Jahvid Best
Round 3(71) Jordan Shipley, WR Texas
Jordan Shipley catches the football.
Round 3(92) Myron Rolle, S Florida State
Some experts think Myron Rolle is a reach in the third round, but he showed up to Senior Bowl in great shape, got better, and looked more comfortable throughout the week. With Mangini's love for smart, intellectual football players, and the number of draft picks in this years draft, Rolle is worth any risk in the third round.
Round 4(102) Dennis Pitta, TE BYU
Dennis Pitta has the prototypical size for an NFL tight end. Pitta does not have elite athleticism, but he runs good routes and has solid hands. Best case scenario he develops into a Heath Miller style tight end.
Round 5(130) Riley Cooper, WR Florida
Most Browns fans want the team to acquire Kevin Walter this offseason. They could draft a Kevin Walter clone in Riley Cooper instead. At 6-2 220 lbs Cooper has the size to be the possession receiver the Browns so desperately need. He was noted at the Senior Bowl for using his hands to catch the ball and using his frame to shield defenders from the ball.
Round 5(133) Sam Young, OT Notre Dame
Sam Young struggled with footwork at the Senior Bowl, but as a four year starter at Notre Dame he has plenty of experience with NFL blocking schemes. He would need to switch to the right side, which works perfectly for the Browns.
Round 5(156) Joique Bell, RB Wayne State (Michigan)
Bell is off-the-radar playing for small Wayne State, but at 5-11 225 lbs he could be the power back the Browns need to compliment Jerome Harrison in the backfield.
Round 6(167) Brandon Carter, OG Texas Tech
Brandon Carter was a First-Team All-American in 2008 after allowing zero sacks. While there are concerns about his weight, and a team suspension, he does play with a mean streak that the Browns offensive line could use. He was also a team captain prior to his suspension.
Round 6(176) Matt Nichols, QB Eastern Washington
Nichols is relatively unknown, but he managed to turn several heads at the East-West Shrine Game. He would be a developmental prospect at this point, but he is definitely worth a shot this late in the draft.
Round 7(198) O'Brien Schofield, LB Wisconsin
Schofield was probably a second round prospect after a strong showing at both the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl practice. Knowing he could be asked to transition from defensive end to outside linebacker, he worked as a linebacker both places. Unfortunately, he tore a ligament in his knee during Senior Bowl practice.