This may come as a bit of a surprise considering most rankings have both Kyle Wilson and Bruce Campbell as mid-to-late first round picks.
Does Cleveland have something up its sleeve?
There’s no telling what can happen in this draft, so we need to look back and find out if there are any clues from the past pointing to some answers for Cleveland‘s future.
In the 2007 draft when Eric Mangini was head coach of the New York Jets, he traded up, sending his first, second, and fifth round picks to Carolina for their first and sixth round picks. Moving up to the 14th spot, he selected cornerback Darrelle Revis who coincidentally was thought to be the second best available CB in the draft behind Michigan’s Leon Hall.
Kyle Wilson has been slowly moving up the prospect rankings and has practically solidified himself as the No. 2 cornerback in this draft behind Joe Haden—who has slowly dropped to being a fringe top 15 pick.
This sounds all too familiar.
As it pertains to Bruce Campbell, Eric Mangini has never kept it a secret that he likes offensive linemen early in the draft…and who can blame him? On offense, they make everyone’s jobs easier, plus offensive linemen generally have a longer shelf life in the NFL than other positions.
Remember, this is a guy who spent his first two picks on LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson and C Nick Mangold in his first draft with New York. Last year, he traded down and selected C Alex Mack in his first draft with Cleveland.
Is history repeating itself?
It may look that way, but Mangini and company have quite a bit more to work with in this draft for Cleveland. They may be able to trade down, accumulate more picks, and still select Wilson or Campbell. On the other hand, they could potentially make their pick at No. 7 and then trade back up into the mid-to-late first round with their plethora of draft choices.
If either player is thought to be that good, Cleveland might just take either one of them at the No. 7 pick. It wouldn’t be that big of a stretch when you consider Bruce Campbell’s upside due to his amazing showing at the combine—or the thought that Kyle Wilson could be the next tenacious shutdown cornerback.
However it plays out…Mangini’s draft history can give us clues as to what may—or may not—happen.