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Yes, even now on the eve of the draft, I remain undecided about what to do with this pick. So I chose to list both WR Dane Sanzenbacher and ILB Mario Harvey here because, well, I really want them both. On one hand, it feels great to have two players you're dying to get who are slated to go as late as the sixth round. On the other hand, it's disappointing, because I doubt either one will be around in round seven and allow the Browns to actually select both players.
Marshall ILB Mario Harvey shows up on far more draft boards in Cleveland than he does across the whole mock-draft universe due to his status as a standout on an Ohio-area team that doesn't garner much notice outside the state.
Fans always like the idea of drafting the local players, especially the long-shot types who don't get much attention from the rest of the country on draft day.
In the interest of being totally objective, it has to be said that Harvey isn't this far down the board just because no one outside of Ohio/West Virginia had the chance to discover him. While Harvey has good strength and blitzes well, his size (6'0", 250 pounds) slows him down to the point where he can't react quickly enough to opponents and may struggle with producing as a pass rusher.
Still, Harvey is a hard worker, intensely enthusiastic and about as coachable a player as you can get. With some good instruction and practice, he might be able to develop into at least a passable inside linebacker for the Browns, making him well worth a late-round pick.
Then there's OSU WR Dane Sanzenbacher. As I've said before, Sanzenbacher has gotten a bit of a bad rap as a mock draft pick for the Browns, because folks worry that he's only being selected because he's an Ohio State alum. While that does make the pick more fun, the bottom line is that Sanzenbacher's appeal at this spot has nothing to do with where he went to school.
Sanzenbacher is a talented receiver with great hands, great agility and off-the-charts toughness. If you want a guy who can take a beating, then get back up for more, Sanzenbacher is your guy. And since this is Cleveland football we're talking about, I know you want a guy like that. His skill set is also a great fit for the type of West Coast Offense the Browns are running this season and like Harvey, he's probably a steal as a sixth round pick.
As for which is the better choice at this spot? Well, obviously I can't decide, so feel free to share your preference in the comments below.