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Mock draft 8.0: QB rumors aside, Browns should use top pick to boost the pass rush

Apr 25, 2013 -- 6:00am

By Tony Grossi |


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The Morning Kickoff …

Mock draft 8.0: The Browns have been the center of the NFL draft rumor mill for months, but the 48 hours leading up to Thursday night’s first round have been particularly crazy.

In that time I’ve read or heard the Browns were: trading with Oakland (third pick), Arizona (seventh), San Diego (11th), Miami (12th) and Minnesota (23rd); trading a middle round pick for Miami possession receiver Davone Bess; taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith; taking Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel; leaning toward taking an offensive lineman.

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear they had a network information man right there in their draft room. Oh, wait.

Anyway, this process began on March 13 when I penciled in Ziggy Ansah as the Browns’ pick at No. 6. Could he wind up being their pick? At this point, nothing would surprise me.

On to the official, final, clip-and-save, no, throw-it-away 2013 mock draft …

1. Kansas City: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M.

A wire-to-wire win as the top pick in an underwhelming draft.

2. Jacksonville: Dion Jordan, DE-LB, Oregon.

I just can’t accept a new regime tabbing a right tackle as its first pick.

3. Oakland: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE, Brigham Young.

GM Reggie McKenzie saw QB-eater Reggie White turn around the Packers.

4. Philadelphia: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.

Chip Kelly’s second pick will be EJ Manuel.

5. Detroit: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama.

If he survives, may threaten Mark Schlereth’s lifetime record for surgeries.

6. Cleveland: Barkevious Mingo, LB, Louisiana State.

If my top five are correct, Browns will be able to trade down.

7. Arizona: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma.

Cardinals could trade with Browns – or lose their tackle.

8. Buffalo: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama.

Come to think of it, wasn’t new coach Doug Marrone an offensive lineman?

9. N.Y. Jets: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.

Because they’re the Jets.

10. Tennessee: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.

Who wouldn’t want to select a Star?

11. San Diego: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina.

Any help for the offensive line is welcome.

12. Miami: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida.

Dolphins rescue Floyd from inexplicable drop.

13. N.Y. Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia.

We repeat: Because they’re the Jets.

14. Carolina: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri.

This pick has held steady throughout this process.

15. New Orleans: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia.

Maybe his 4.7 speed will quicken on Superdome carpet.

16. St. Louis: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas.

Rams steal top safety ahead of Steelers.

17. Pittsburgh: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.

Big Ben will like this pick.

18. Dallas: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina.

Cowboys’ needs are on the line of scrimmage.

19. N.Y. Giants: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State.

Always replenishing the pass rush, these Giants.

20. Chicago: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama.

Bears have to keep Jay Cutler off the ground.

21. Cincinnati: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama.

Bengals never shy about taking a running back in first round.

22. St. Louis: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson.

Note to Rams: Please help your QB, Sam Bradford.

23. Minnesota: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia.

Just a little faster than Manti Te’o. You think?

24. Indianapolis: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State.

Colts are doing fantastic job of rebuilding their defense.

25. Minnesota: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee.

Comparisons to Randy Moss are flimsy at best, but they need another wideout.

26. Green Bay: Matt Elam, S, Florida.

Packers have to get tougher on defense.

27. Houston: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee.

They need to get Andre Johnson a complementary wideout.

28. Denver: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State.

Somebody to fill the shoes of departed Elvis Dumervil.

29. New England: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State.

Bill Belichick seems to take a cornerback every other year.

30. Atlanta: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.

This would please the Falcons.

31. San Francisco: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International.

A safety would fill out 49ers’ defense.

32. Baltimore: Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana State.

Insurance if Rolando McClain doesn’t pan out.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to

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