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5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the Cleveland Browns in 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the Cleveland Browns in 2014 NFL Draft

Cleveland Browns 2014 NFL Draft
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The Cleveland Browns sit at an interesting spot in the 2014 NFL Draft. They have the No. 4 overall pick in the first round which is a good place to be because it gives them plenty of realistic options. They could trade down, trade up or just sit tight, but whatever they do they must get an impact player out of the first round of the draft this year.

The Browns are in a good place. In fact, they’re in a much better place than their record would indicate. They have a good, young defense that is getting better every year. They’ve drafted well on that side of the ball and a few more strategic additions could ride them to a division title in the near future.

Not quite as stacked on the offensive side of the ball, they still have a few pieces they can build around. Josh Gordon was the breakout receiver of the year this season, and tight end Jordan Cameron showed signs of being a difference maker as well. They need to upgrade the offensive line and the running backs, but those two positions will have to wait until after the first round.

That’s because the most likely outcome of the first round will be the Browns with a new starting quarterback. As you’ll see in a minute I’m not so sure that’s the best thing they could do, but sitting at the No. 4 spot it’s likely they’ll end up taking one of the top three available quarterbacks.

The Browns are in a good position as they have plenty of options in the first round, and these are the five best ones available for them.

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5. Trade Up For Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel
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This is not my favorite option, but if the Browns want to take Johnny Manziel I don’t think he’ll fall to them. The Jacksonville Jaguars are definitely taking a quarterback, so if Manziel doesn’t go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans, which I don’t think he will, Cleveland will need to jump one spot to get him. It shouldn’t cost them much, but I’m not sold on him being worth the effort.

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4. Trade Down And Don't Take A Quarterback This Year

Trade Down No Quarterback
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The Browns have plenty of needs, so it might be their best move to trade down for multiple picks and not use any of them on a quarterback. Brian Hoyer played well last season. Sure, he might be just keeping the seat warm for another year, but building a solid team around him could make whoever they take in next year's draft look really good.

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3. Trade Down And Take A Quarterback In A Later Round

Trade Down Take Quarterback
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The Seattle Seahawks just proved that you don’t need a first-round quarterback to win a championship. The Browns would be smart to trade down into the late first round to take a solid player, get an extra second or third round pick and then use that pick to take a quarterback like A.J. McCarron or maybe even Zack Mettenberger.

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2. Sit Tight And Take Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles
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Former University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles has been jumping up draft boards lately. He’s big and tall with a powerful arm, and he's got everything you want in an NFL quarterback. He’s the guy most likely to fall to them at the No. 4 slot, so if the Browns don’t want to move out of the spot he’ll be the best option available for them.

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1. Trade Up To Get Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney
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This is an interesting one. I think that Jadeveon Clowney is a lock to go at the No. 2 slot, but I think there are several teams who might end up taking him there. One team I’m sure won’t is the St. Louis Rams. They saw how well it worked out for them to trade down the last time they had the second pick, and they’re going to do it again. The Browns need to make sure they get an impact player in this draft, and Clowney is that guy. They can figure out the quarterback position later.