The Browns have a million options coming in the next few weeks leading up to the draft. There's taking Eric Berry or Earl Thomas at No. 7, moving up for Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, or moving back if one these top prospects are gone by the time they pick. So many possibilities, and you can only choose one.
This mock draft is assuming that Berry, Bradford, Suh, and McCoy are all gone and that Mike Holmgren wasn't lying when he said that he "wished he liked" Jimmy Clausen more. Enjoy!
Earl Thomas is a fast, underrated, ballhawk of a safety. With Berry gone, and getting Sheldon Brown from the Eagles taking care of the need to take Joe Haden, he's the only viable option at No. 7. Sure they could move back and pick up another second round pick, but with the Jags and Bills and the needs of other teams at safety picking behind us, why move back two spots to pick the same guy? Earl Thomas in a Browns uniform, mark it down.
Lamarr Houston, you can thank Shaun Rogers for allowing you to be drafted so high. With Rogers likely to be suspended by the league, the Browns now have a HUGE need along the defensive line. Kenyon Coleman and Robaire Smith are showing their age (it's not like they're All-Pro's anyway, just...solid) and outside of Rogers and Ahtyba Rubin, there's not much star power. Houston was a defensive tackle at Texas, but played end his first two years there. He even told denverbroncos.com "playing 3-4 end, that would be good for me." Maybe he should get Shaun Rogers a gift...maybe a glock?
With the real possibility that Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow will be gone by the third round, the Browns will draft the very underrated Lefevour. Yes he played in the MAC, yes he played in a system that had him throwing on almost every play, but he could end up being a great quarterback at the next level. He's accurate, smart, a strong leader, and if flushed from the pocket he can make a play with his legs. If he listens to Mike Holmgren and Jake Delhomme, he'll be in position to be a very good to great QB in the NFL.
No brainer. Holmgren has said himself that they needed help on the offensive line. This guy could step in day one and start next to Tony Pashos on the right side and solidify a line that already has two Pro Bowlers (Steinbach, Thomas) and a young center on the rise (Alex Mack).
This speedy WR has the distinct ability of being able to do what most of the Browns receivers can't and that is....actually catch the ball. He's a home run threat every time he gets his hands on the ball and has the hands to catch anything thrown his way. He could make an instant splash in the slot and develop into a starter over time. Watch out for this guy. He'll be a star in this league with whichever team snags him. Let's hope it's the Browns.
Kurt Coleman is another underrated safety. This guy was a tackling machine at Ohio State and with the need of depth in the secondary, he would be a magnificent pick up for the Browns. He could play special teams and in the dime package while he develops behind Abram Elam, eventually taking over for Elam once ready. Earl Thomas and himself would be a very good safety tandem for the future.
Jay Ross is a big, quick lineman that would provide depth behind Ahtyba Rubin at the NT position. You can never have too much depth along the defensive line.
Blount was supposed to be a top 15 pick a year ago...then came "The Punch." The NFL is a very forgiving league. (Hell, if Michael Vick could get a second chance) And the Ravens were very successful with a three headed attack last year. Plus, he has "James Davis" written all over him. Could you imagine a backfield with James Harrison, Davis(who could be a star in the making), and LeGarrette Blount? It would be scary. Besides Harrison hasn't signed his tender yet, and Blount would provide good depth at the RB position
Remember when this guy was a top prospect? His draft stock has plummeted, but he still has the potential to develop into a solid offensive tackle in the league. Let him sit behind Pashos and learn, and with a little time he could turn into a starter. Why not take a chance on him here?
Another guy to provide some depth on the defensive line. He's got a big frame at 6'5 and 292lbs and has a nose for the quarterback. Like I said before, Robaire Smith and Kenyon Coleman are getting older and Shaun Rogers could be out for awhile, and with what they've already been through with him he could be gone soon anyway. Worthington should be here when the Brownies are set to pick, I think he would be a great addition.
So there it is...ten guys that I feel should be available and greatly help the Browns. Some could be starters, most would provide great depth. Overall this year's draft class could be one of the best. Go Browns!