Few teams need a production draft like the Cleveland Browns do. Here is an updated look at their latest 2014 NFL mock draft.
#4 – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
Pass and run blocking were both problems for Cleveland in 2013. They do have two stars up front in Joe Thomas and Alex Mack but nothing elsewhere. Greg Robinson is a freak athlete for his size and will lend an immediate hand as a road grader at right tackle with loads of upside as a pass protector.
#26 – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State
Josh Gordon is the #1 guy for the Cleveland Browns, so getting some complimentary receivers to take heat off him is paramount. Brandin Cooks isn’t big but he’s so fast, agile and creative after the catch that the team can move him all over the field to create matchups.
#35 – Tom Savage – QB – Pitt
The debate rages on about the Browns quarterback targets and whether Tom Savage is a true rising sleeper or just fools gold. The fact is the Pitt quarterback played well in a pro style offense, has a gun for an arm, stands 6’5″ and can move. If Cleveland can’t coach that up, then they have problems.
#71 – Keith McGill – CB – Utah
Like with Gordon, the Browns need to find somebody to team with star cornerback Joe Haden on the defense. Keith McGill has the attention of most 2014 NFL mock draft due to his 6’3″ frame and good athleticism, making him another Richard Sherman type.
#83 – Chris Borland – ILB – Wisconsin
Karlos Dansby should be fine at inside linebacker for one season but he’s not a long-term option. Wisconsin standout Chris Borland is a physical tackler with tremendous instincts to man the interior. He’s also celebrated for his leadership as well.
#106 – Dion Bailey – FS – USC
The Cleveland Browns tried in vain to get Jairus Byrd during free agency and lost T.J. Ward at the same time. More help is needed in that area. Dion Bailey is a versatile talent with good range, savvy in coverage and the toughness to be a factor against the run.
#127 – Storm Johnson – RB – UCF
Ben Tate got paid to be the feature back and he will be but his injury history should compel the Browns to add insurance behind him. Storm Johnson was a tough, productive runner for UCF and has added value as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
#145 – Anthony Steen – OG – Alabama
Early last season, guard Anthony Steen was considered one of the best in college football. Unfortunately an ill-timed injury knocked him out for the season and torpedoed his draft stock. Cleveland takes a flier in hopes he regains that dominant form.
#180 – Marcel Jensen – TE – Fresno State
Jordan Cameron has become a star at tight end for the Browns but his contract is almost up and the team has no insurance for him leaving. Marcel Jensen was a blocker at FresnoState but his athletic potential and soft hands could become something much more.
#218 – Zach Moore – DE – Concordia (MN)
Being inexperienced and coming from Division II will be what holds back Zach Moore from going higher. His physical upside as a force up front are not to be overlooked. The Cleveland Browns could get some high quality depth by taking him on to develop.