By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 18, 2014
With 10 total picks, including two in the first round (Nos. 4 and 26), the Cleveland Browns have the ammo to make some serious noise in the 2014 NFL Draft. While they have some impressive young talent, the Browns also have many obvious holes on their roster. This draft will give them plenty of opportunity to fill their needs. Here are five prospects Browns fans should get comfortable with.
Josh Gordon had an incredible 2013 season and is now arguably the best young WR in the NFL. As great as Gordon is, the Browns need to add a WR to play opposite of him, and Donte Moncrief seems to be a target of theirs. Moncrief has nice size (6-foot-2, 221) that he uses very well. His speed is good, not great, but his overall athleticism is impressive. Moncrief would be a great fit for the Browns, giving them a potentially lethal 1-2 WR punch.
While it is somewhat unlikely that Khalil Mack will be available for the Browns with the 4th pick, it is certainly possible. Mack is a very versatile linebacker who can line up all over the field, making him an incredible fit for new Browns head coach Mike Pettine's defense. Mack is one of the most talented prospects in this draft and would be a slam dunk pick for Cleveland if he is available at No. 4.
While he needs some work on his pass blocking, Greg Robinson is a dominant run blocker with huge overall upside as an offensive tackle. Considering Auburn ran the ball 71 percent of the time last season, Robinson did not get much opportunity to prove himself in pass protection. He has the footwork, power and athleticism to be an elite pass blocker, but his incredible run blocking alone would make him a great RT immediately for Cleveland.
Cleveland has an obvious need at the QB position. While selecting one with the No. 4 overall pick is not as sure of a thing as it once seemed, I think it is definitely still possible. Johnny Manziel is one of the best QB prospects in this draft, and I think his playmaking ability would fit perfectly in Cleveland. Manziel would certainly be a risky pick, but he could also be a star and face of the franchise.
The Browns are apparently interested in Derek Carr. If they decide to pass at QB with the 4th pick, I think that they will target him late in Round 1. Carr's biggest attribute is his incredible arm strength that allows him to make almost any pass on the field. Carr also has nice accuracy, and I think he has a strong chance to be a good NFL quarterback. Targeting Carr later would allow Cleveland to draft Mack or Robinson early and still solve QB.
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