2014 Cleveland Browns Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Edition

2014 Cleveland Browns Mock Draft: Post Free-Agency Edition

Cleveland Browns Mock Draft
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The Cleveland Browns have one of the busiest teams in the NFL early in the free agency period, adding both Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner to the defensive side of the ball. Those additions have made the Browns stronger, but they still have a lot of needs to address in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here's an updated mock draft of who the Browns should draft after making a few moves in free agency.

1st Round, 4th overall - Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel, NFL Draft
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1st Round, 4th Overall - Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel, NFL Draft
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The Browns need a quarterback and they need to make a splash, and that means taking a chance on Johnny Football to see if he can breathe life into the franchise.

1st Round, 26th Overall - Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Florida State

Kelvin Benjamin
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1st Round, 26th Overall - Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Florida State

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The Browns got this pick by trading Trent Richardson, and they need to use it on a wide receiver to help their young quarterback. Benjamin may be a little raw at first, but he can be a useful red zone target as a rookie, with the ceiling to grow into an elite receiver.

2nd Round, 35th Overall - Tre Mason, Running Back, Auburn

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2nd Round, 35th Overall - Tre Mason, Running Back, Auburn

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After locking down a quarterback and a wide receiver, Cleveland needs to add a running back. In a weak class at that position, they're lucky enough to get the best of the bunch -- that's Tre Mason.

3rd Round, 71st Overall - Weston Richburg, Center, Colorado State

Weston Richburg
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3rd Round, 71st Overall - Weston Richburg, Center, Colorado State

Weston Richburg
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With Alex Mack having the transitional tag, the Browns could lose him. Mack is likely to get a significant offer, and if the Browns can't match it, they'll need to pick up a center relatively early in the draft. That means taking Richburb on Day 2.

3rd Round, 83rd Overall - Chris Borland, Linebacker, Wisconsin

Chris Borland
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3rd Round, 83rd Overall - Chris Borland, Linebacker, Wisconsin

Chris Borland
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The Browns signed Karlos Dansby, but they need to add two middle linebackers this offseason, and one of those linebackers needs to add some youth, which makes Borland the ideal player to take with their extra third-round pick.

4th Round, 102nd Overall - Ed Reynolds, Safety, Stanford

Ed Reynolds
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4th Round, 102nd Overall - Ed Reynolds, Safety, Stanford

Ed Reynolds
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The Browns signed Donte Whitner, but now they need a young safety to complement him, and so they'll grab Reynolds early in the fourth round.

4th Round, 123rd Overall - Cyril Richardson, Offensive Guard, Baylor

Cyril Richardson
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4th Round, 123rd Overall - Cyril Richardson, Offensive Guard, Baylor

Cyril Richardson
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Cleveland has lost Shawn Lauvao in free agency, so the Browns need to add some size up front, and Richardson has plenty of that. After a good career at Baylor, Richardson may be able to step into the starting lineup right away if the Browns need him to.

5th Round, 133rd Overall - Antone Exum, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

Antone Exum
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5th Round, 133rd Overall - Antone Exum, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

Antone Exum
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The Browns don't have a lot of good options at cornerback opposite Joe Haden, and Exum has the look and skills of an NFL cornerback, which makes him a guy worth taking a chance on in the later rounds.

6th Round, 164th Overall - Brett Smith, Quarterback, Wyoming

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6th Round, 164th Overall - Brett Smith, Quarterback, Wyoming

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Cleveland will take Johnny Manziel in the first round, but with his durability being a question mark, Brian Hoyer coming off injury, and the team releasing both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, the Browns need some insurance at quarterback, and Smith is a good late-round selection.

7th Round, 195th Overall - Michael Campanaro, Wide Receiver, Wake Forest

Michael Campanaro

7th Round, 195th Overall - Michael Campanaro, Wide Receiver, Wake Forest

Michael Campanaro

Cleveland could use a slot receiver, and Campanaro was a productive player at college with great hands who has a chance to be a major sleeper in this draft.


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