2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Who Cleveland Browns Must Avoid

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Who Cleveland Browns Must Avoid

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For the Cleveland Browns and their new regime, the 2014 NFL Draft is a crucial stepping stone in the franchise's development. With two picks in the first round, Cleveland must choose players who will contribute in the long-term. Here are some players who the Browns should avoid when making their decisions in 2014.

5. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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5. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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If the Browns decide to target a wide receiver with the fourth pick in the draft, it shouldn't be Mike Evans. Coming out of Texas A&M, Evans's size (6-foot-5) and ability has NFL talent evaluators drooling, but he should be considered only if Sammy Watkins is unavailable. Although the Browns have a speed receiver in Josh Gordon, Watkins appears to be a can't-miss talent and should be the Browns' top choice when it comes to WR.

4. Jadeveon Clowney, DE/LB, South Carolina

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4. Jadeveon Clowney, DE/LB, South Carolina

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Yes, there's the notion that Clowney isn't 100 percent full-go on every play, but that isn't why the Browns should avoid him. The Browns are already deep in their front seven, and with last year's first-rounder Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland looks to be set. Unless the Browns trade away some of their lineman or linebackers, selecting Clowney would feel like a wasted pick.

3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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While the Browns could do much worse than Bridgewater, there appear to be better options if they're targeting a QB. Right now, the Browns should be looking at Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel to fill their need at QB. If these two are taken, and Cleveland wants to take a QB at No. 4, only then should the focus be shifted to Bridgewater. Kyle Shanahan's offense seems to favor a skillset like Manziel's, so look for him to be their top QB choice.

2. Jake Matthews, OL, Texas A&M

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2. Jake Matthews, OL, Texas A&M

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With so many great skill players in this year's draft and the Brown's needing help in those areas, look for Cleveland to shy away from offensive linemen in the first round. The Browns appear to be set at the tackle position and could use another weapon at WR and need help in the secondary. Most notably, they need to add a QB. The Browns should consider offensive linemen in the middle rounds.

1. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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1. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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Carr may have the pedigree of an NFL quarterback, but the Browns shouldn't be the team to find out if he can make it in the league as a starter. With so many options at the position, the Browns should look elsewhere before deciding on Carr in the first round. If the Browns decide to select positions other than QB in the first round, and Carr is somehow available in the third round, his selection would be a no-brainer.


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