NFL Draft 2011: Cleveland Browns' 7-Round Mock Is a Tale of 5 Drafts

Brandon SommersCorrespondent IApril 27, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: Cleveland Browns' 7-Round Mock Is a Tale of 5 Drafts

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    So here we are, one day from the draft and I still have no clue how all this is going to play out. 

    I wish I could post a mock draft that I felt strongly was the right direction for the team to go in, but the truth is I just don't know.

    The Browns could go in many different directions and I still probably wouldn't be sure how I felt about any of them until after next season.

    So in that spirit, I'm posting multiple mock drafts, five to be precise. The first is my personal favorite.

    I think one of these five or some variation or combination of a couple of these should give us an idea of what to expect.

    Truth be told, I have no idea what's going to happen, but I know it's going to be interesting.

    Let me know what you think. Enjoy.

Mock Number One: Best Player Available If Things Go Right

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    1. Patrick Peterson, CB LSU

    2. Brooks Reed, DE Arizona

    3. Tandon Doss, WR Indiana

    4. Jah Reid, OT USF

    5. Greg Romeus, DE Pitt

    6-A. Ian Williams, DT Notre Dame

    6-B. Mark Herzlich, OLB Boston College

    7. Mark LeGree, S Appalachian State


    As far as I'm concerned, this is the best case scenario. It might be a tad optimistic to think that all these guys will be available at these spots, but none of these are unrealistic.

    Peterson doesn't fill a pressing need, but would nail down the secondary for the next decade and could add even more danger to our return game.

    Reed would be a gift in the second round. If he isn't there, Jabal Sheard would be a solid option.

    Tandon Doss would be a perfect fit for the west coast offense. I think he's the second best receiver in this draft. He doesn't have the athletic gifts of Julio Jones, but he's excellent at creating separation and has the best hands in the draft.

    Reid would be the perfect fit for right tackle. He has the length to protect the edge and can maul in the running game.

    Romeus comes with some injury concerns, but could have been a second round pick if not for that. He's the prototype defensive end that Dick Jauron looks for.

    Williams is very strong and plays with tremendous effort.

    Herzlich has fallen far, but he'd be worth taking a chance on in the sixth round.

    Get used to seeing the name Mark LeGree in this article. If he had played at a bigger school, he'd be a first or second round player. He holds the FCS record for interceptions. I see him being a late-round gem that will start in the NFL in the future. 

Mock Number Two: Best Player Available If Things Don't Go Right

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    1. Nick Fairley, DT Auburn

    2. Derek Sherrod, OT Miss St.

    3. Leonard Hankerson, WR Miami

    4. Sam Acho, DE Texas

    5. Chimdi Chekwa, CB Ohio St.

    6-a. K.J. Wright, OLB Miss St.

    6-b. Bruce Miller, DE UCF

    7. Mark LeGree, S Appalachian St.


    If all the Browns preferred targets are gone and they are unable to trade down, they could find themselves in a situation where Fairley would be the best player available.

    This isn't all bad. Fairley could end up being a very dominant player in the NFL, but there are some question marks.

    In this scenario, Sherrod would fall to the Browns in the second round and would also be the best player available. He does fill a need, but it's gonna be hard to swallow if the Browns don't get some help at defensive end.

    Hankerson would be a nice pick-up in the third round, but he also comes with some questions.

    Chekwa has the size and speed to develop into a solid corner in the NFL. His game does need some refining though.

    Wright is a very fast and athletic linebacker, but he needs to work on his recognition and reaction to be successful in the NFL.

    Miller is very intriguing. He's undersized for a defensive end, but Dick Jauron likes undersized defensive ends. He's definitely a player worth looking at in the late rounds.

    And once again, I really believe that Mark LeGree is going to be a serious player. I could see him becoming an All-Pro.

Mock Number Three: The Offense Draft

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    1. A.J. Green, WR Georgia

    2. Marvin Austin, DT North Carolina

    3. Marcus Gilbert, OT Florida

    4. Taiwan Jones, RB Eastern Washington

    5. Pernell McPhee, DE Mississppi St

    6-a. Bruce Miller, DE UCF

    6-b. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR Ohio St.

    7. Mark LeGree, S Appalachian St.


    This is what a draft focusing on the offensive side of the ball would probably look like.

    Green fills the obvious need for a number one wide receiver.

    Austin would join Ahtyba Rubin to form a vicious pair of defensive tackles.

    Gilbert would put the finishing touches on what would be a very solid offensive line.

    Jones is well known, but he's the exact kind of back the Browns need. He's super-fast and a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball.

    McPhee should develop into a very solid weak-side defensive end.

    Miller has excellent pass rush skills, but his size is a question mark. He's a hard worker and a high character guy with excellent athletic gifts.

    We're all familiar with Sanzenbacher and the way he plays the game. I could see he and Colt McCoy becoming very good friends.

    Mark LeGree for president.

Mock Number Four: The Defensive Draft

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    1. Robert Quinn, DE North Carolina

    2. Ras-I Dowling, CB Virginia Tech

    3. Greg Little, WR North Carolina

    4. Kenrick Ellis, DT Hampton

    5. Greg Romeus, DE Pitt

    6-a. Scott Lutrus, LB Connecticut

    6-b. Bruce Miller, DE UCF

    7. Mark LeGree, S Appalachian St


    This is what a defensive overhaul would look like.

    I have fear of Quinn's bust potential, but he is the prototypical Dick Jauron defensive end.

    Dowling had some injury issues and that's the only thing that's kept him out of first round consideration. He has some serious wheels and very solid cover skills. He was finally 100% at his pro day and was very impressive during his workout.

    Little is another guy that could thrive in a west coast offense. He's big with excellent hands and knows how to use his body to shield the ball from defenders. He's the kind of guy you can go to on third and medium with confidence.

    If Romeus can stay healthy, he and Quinn could form a sack factory as bookends. He's very long and athletic.

    Lutrus is a solid linebacker and we could really use some depth.

    Dick Jauron likes to use a lot of small and athletic defensive ends. Having Miller would give him the versatility to do so.

    I'd like Mark LeGree to marry my sister.

Mock Number Five: The Surprise Risky Draft

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    1. Da'Quan Bowers, DE Clemson

    2. Jabal Sheard, DE Pitt

    3. Greg Little, WR North Carolina

    4. Jah Reid, OT UCF

    5. Chimdi Chekwa, CB Ohio St

    6-a. Ian Williams, DT Notre Dame

    6-b. Weslye Saunders, TE South Carolina

    7. Mark LeGree, S Appalachian St


    Bowers has been all but written off at this point, and for the life of me I don't know why. I've heard no medical reasons that his knee would be a concern in the future.

    I feel like some teams have been perpetuating the rumors about his knee to try and ensure that he will fall to them in the draft. I could see the Browns being one of those teams.

    Mike Holmgren knows what he's doing, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Browns know that his knee is fine and are planning to draft him. I'm not saying I believe this will happen, but it wouldn't surprise me.

    Bowers is the prototype for a 4-3 defensive end, but Sheard is the prototype Dick Jauron defensive end. End is the most important position in his system and it wouldn't surprise me to see the Browns go ahead and lock the position down in the first two rounds.

    The Browns have to address wide receiver at some point and Little would be a solid choice in the third, but he does have some risk having been suspended.

    Reid would be ideal to develop on the fly at right tackle.

    Chekwa could develop into Eric Wright's replacement. He couldn't possibly be worse.

    The Browns do need another big body in the middle, and Williams is a stout run defender.

    Saunders would be a very risky pick. He's incredibly gifted but he comes with serious baggage. He could be a star at tight end in the NFL if he can pull his head from his posterior.

    I've run out of silly things to say about Mark LeGree. Suffice it to say that I really think the Browns should target him with their seventh round pick. It will pay dividends.