By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 3, 2014
The Cleveland Browns not only have two first-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, they have ten overall selections. That includes three picks on the second day that will allow them to add some serious talent and depth to positions of need on their roster. While these picks will be somewhat dependent on what they do in the first round, here are five players the Browns should be targeting in the second and third rounds of the draft.
While I would be surprised if the Browns do not take one of the top four QBs with one of their first-round picks, it certainly is possible that they miss out. If that happens, Zach Mettenberger is an obvious target for the QB-needy Browns. He has an incredibly strong arm and a ton of raw talent. He is a risky prospect, but with proper coaching, the upside is massive.
Buster Skrine is a decent player, but there is plenty of room for improvement at the CB spot opposite of Joe Haden for the Browns. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 211 pounds, Keith McGill has great size for the CB position. He is also very long which obviously gives him an edge in coverage. He has good, not great speed and incredible jumping ability. The Browns could use some CB depth, and McGill would be a great target.
Josh Gordon burst onto the scene last season, establishing himself as one of the best young wide receivers in the game. Unfortunately, outside of Gordon, the Browns have next to nothing at the WR position. Allen Robinson is a big target who does a great job of high pointing the football. He is a good route runner with strong hands. Robinson does not have elite upside, but I think he would be a perfect No. 2 to complement Gordon.
The Browns have a good offensive line, but there is room for improvement at the guard positions. He may not be on everybody's radar, but Dakota Dozier has very intriguing skills. He is a disciplined player with great technique, great footwork and speed for a man his size (6-foot-4, 312-pounds) and has great overall strength. His lack of experience against high-level talent is concerning, but Dozier has huge upside in the middle rounds.
The Browns must find an outside WR to play opposite of Gordon in this draft. Donte Moncrief is another player they can target to do just that. In a very deep WR class, few have the raw upside of Moncrief. He has ideal size for a WR (6-foot-2, 221-pounds) with very good speed and athleticism, runs solid routes and has consistent hands. He is a little raw and will need some time to grow, but Moncrief has big time potential.
August 31, 2015 by Jason Fletcher
There is a report out that the NFL may begin looking into the gloves that wide receivers wear, and whether they're too tacky. This is a joke, right? Read More
August 31, 2015 by Gil Alcaraz IV
Another week of preseason action is in the books, and several little-known rookies shined bright. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Jamal Cadoura
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew isn't credited nearly enough. Here's why. Read More
We already knew the Washington Redskins had issues, but there are no excuses for the issues that have developed over the last few days. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Michael Terrill
With Jordy Nelson out for the season, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis is making the most of his opportunity this preseason. Read More
After the devastating injury to Orlando Scandrick, the Dallas Cowboys have a need at cornerback. Find out why the recently released Tim Jennings would be a perfect fit. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Doug Green
Neither Matt Barkley nor Tim Tebow appear ready to be the third quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and cutting them both could become a viable option soon. Read More
August 31, 2015 by Clyde A. Speller
After a huge decline from his Pro Bowl seasons, the Chicago Bears have decided to release cornerback Tim Jennings. Read More