By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 14, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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