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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Late First Round Targets for Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns: 5 Players To Target With 26th Pick of 2014 NFL Draft

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With elite level talents like OT Joe Thomas, WR Josh Gordon and CB Joe Haden, the Cleveland Browns have an impressive nucleus to build around. Loaded with a ton of picks, the Browns will look to fill some holes and add to their core in the draft. They not only have the 4th overall pick, they own the rights to the 26th pick from Indianapolis in the Trent Richardson trade. Here are five players Cleveland should consider with the 26th pick.

WR Kelvin Benjamin

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WR Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin Florida State
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Gordon was incredible last season, but he is pretty much all that the Browns have at the WR position. This is a deep WR class, and whether it is with this pick or not, the Browns need to find a guy to play opposite of Gordon. Kelvin Benjamin would be a perfect fit. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Benjamin has incredible size for the position. He does not have blazing speed, but Benjamin will be a red zone machine in the NFL.

OL Zack Martin

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OL Zack Martin

Zack Martin Notre Dame
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The Browns have a solid offensive line, but there is always room for improvement. Zack Martin is a versatile prospect that would be an upgrade for the Browns at either guard position or at right tackle. He is a low-risk target for their late first round pick.

QB Derek Carr

Derek Carr Fresno State
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QB Derek Carr

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The Browns need to address the QB position in the first round of this draft. If they pass or cannot draft guys like Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr would be an obvious target with this pick. Carr has a legitimate NFL arm and showed great intangibles in college. The Browns reportedly like Carr as a prospect, and could be willing to make him their franchise QB.

LB Ryan Shazier

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LB Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Ohio State
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After releasing MLB D'Qwell Jackson, the Browns have a hole they must fill at the position. Ryan Shazier has incredible athleticism that gives him a ton of potential at the next level. He would be a perfect fit in new head coach Mike Pettine's defense.

QB Teddy Bridgewater

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QB Teddy Bridgewater

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Teddy Bridgewater was once considered one of the top prospects in this draft. Unfortunately, an underwhelming pro day has his stock plummeting. Bridgewater is a very smart QB prospect with all the intangibles you would want at the position. He has solid arm strength and is also a good athlete for the position. His inconsistent accuracy is a concern, but he has great upside, and the Browns could get a legitimate starting NFL QB at a great value.