The 2014 NFL Combine has come and gone, and the story remains the same for the Cleveland Browns as it pertains to the upcoming NFL Draft: It’s still Johnny Football vs. the board.
Manziel measured in at a shade smaller than he was advertised to be, and this resulted in hilarious reactions from national media members ignoring the fact that the Texas A&M product won’t be the smallest quarterback in the league this fall. A different quarterback raised his draft stock by throwing at the combine, and the highest-rated defensive prospect in at least the past ten seasons looks to be going first overall.
That means one of the top QBs of the draft class will be available for Cleveland.
Note: The Browns still possess picks No. 4 and No. 26 in the draft.
2014 Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Drafts (February 26): Matt Miller
First pick: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: Miller has both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles off of the board when Cleveland is first called to the podium. The Bleacher Report draft guru believes that the Browns could not pass on Johnny Football if he falls here, and I agree. Miller on Manziel:
” He’s fast, instinctive, smart and poised under pressure. His style of play may be unique, but that’s part of the beauty of it, too. Manziel is the type of talent that can put an offense on his back and win games-and that’s what the Browns need.”
Second pick: WR Marqise Lee, USC: Lee’s combine performance kept his draft status as it was heading into the weekend, and thus he could be there for the Browns at No. 26. He is likely to be a No. 2 WR in the NFL, and that’s just what the Browns need to play alongside Josh Gordon.
2014 Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Drafts (February 26): Dane Brugler
First pick: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: Brugler sees things going differently than does Miller in that the CBS analyst has Bortles and Manziel unavailable for Cleveland at fourth overall. The buzz around Bridgewater at the combine is that he doesn’t posses the “it factor.” That doesn’t at all mean that he cannot develop into a franchise quarterback.
Second pick: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: Mosley didn’t do himself any favors on his combine day, most notably because he came in a bit smaller than he was thought to be. That said, I still don’t see Mosley dropping down to No. 26.
2014 Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Drafts (February 26): Rob Rang
First pick: QB Blake Bortles, UCF: With Manziel taken third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Browns pass on Bridgewater for Bortles in this simulation. Bortles, according to many analysts who attended the combine, has the highest upside of any quarterback in the upcoming draft class. He could be Ben Roethlisberger 2.0, the ideal AFC North QB.
Second pick: OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA: I will say it every week from now until May 8. I cannot imagine the Browns not taking an offensive play-maker here if one is available. No guard or tackle is that guy.
2014 Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Drafts (February 26): Matt Vensel
First pick: Bridgewater: The Baltimore Sun writer interestingly has the Browns taking Bridgewater over Bortles AND Bortles falling all the way down to eighth overall. That’s not at all what I’m hearing or reading coming out of the combine, but, hey, you never know.
Second pick: Mosley: This is the first week that I’ve seen Mosley fall so far in the first round in multiple mock drafts. He’d be a steal for Cleveland here.
2014 Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Drafts (February 26): Dan Kadar
First pick: Manziel: I’m not sure Manziel is the “curve ball” pick some believe it to be. I continue to hear that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is infatuated with the idea of turning Johnny Football into Johnny Cleveland. If he’s there, Cleveland isn’t passing on Manziel.
Second pick: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: This is the first time I’ve seen Cooks linked with the Browns in a mock draft. The Oregon State WR ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine, raising his draft stock in the process. Cooks had 128 catches, 1,730 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013.
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo! since 2010