By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The Browns’ new football operations chiefs GM Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine have been unorthodox, to say the least, in the way they have scouted quarterbacks.
They didn’t interview any of the top prospects at the Combine.
They shunned the pro days of Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles (Johnny Manziel’s pro day is March 27).
And they refused to say why.
Are they being overly coy? Are they being derelict? Or have they simply moved beyond taking a quarterback in the first round of the draft?
Our mock draft 5.0 agrees with the last point.
1. Houston: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
His pro day workout secured the top spot.
2. St. Louis: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
It’s becoming obvious the Rams would love to trade down.
3. Jacksonville: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
No way they take an OT two years in a row, right?
4. Cleveland: OT-OG Greg Robinson, Auburn
Future franchise tackle, present franchise guard?
5. Oakland: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Raiders’ starting QB will come from free agency.
6. Atlanta: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Another addition to a revamped defensive front seven.
7. Tampa Bay: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Teams with Vincent Jackson to give new QB Josh McCown a dual threat.
8. Minnesota: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
Displaces Bridgewater as the No. 3 QB in the draft.
9. Buffalo: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Head coach Doug Marrone is a former O-line coach, remember.
10. Detroit: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Don’t overthink it.
11. Tennessee: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton starts a new rebuilding project.
12. N.Y. Giants: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Eli Manning really needs this pick.
13. St. Louis: WR Marqise Lee, Southern California
Help the quarterback, Rams.
14. Chicago: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Free agency focused on the front seven.
15. Pittsburgh: WR Odell Beckham, Louisiana State
Big Ben needs somebody to throw to besides Antonio Brown.
16. Dallas: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Best available, meet biggest need.
17. Baltimore: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Signing of Steve Smith clinches defensive choice here.
18. NY Jets: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
This would be a great pickup for Geno Smith.
19. Miami: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Dolphins need help at this position.
20. Arizona: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
Cardinals roster is pretty darn competitive.
21. Green Bay: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
Need + best available = bulls-eye.
22. Philadelphia: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Eagles wouldn’t have to rush him in.
23. Kansas City: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Is he too tall for Andy Reid?
24. Cincinnati: DE Dee Ford, Auburn
I keep coming back to this pick.
25. San Diego: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Another need pick falls in line.
26. Cleveland: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
For the second week in a row, the Buckeye is the choice.
|Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com. |
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