By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The Alex Mack situation would have an impact on the Browns’ draft plans if they elected not to bring the center back.
But if early reports of Mack’s offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars (5 years/$42 million with $18 million guaranteed over the first two years) are accurate, the Browns most probably would match it.
Full details of the offer sheet may be available on Friday. Until then, we presume the Browns would not have a major need on the offensive line.
Mock draft 8.0 does have some major changes at the top, and a return to a previous pick at No. 4 for the Browns.
Please note: Our final mock draft on draft day, May 8, will run through the Browns’ second round pick, No. 35 overall.
1. Houston: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
The tide finally turns to the pass rusher. Trade now possible.
2. St. Louis: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Jeff Fisher sides with the Matthews’ genes. Trade possible.
3. Jacksonville: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
This makes the most sense for a sleepy NFL market.
4. Cleveland: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
So what if he doesn’t start in 2014? It means Brian Hoyer is winning.
5. Oakland: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Al Davis would approve.
6. Atlanta: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
Falcons felt they’d have to trade up to get him.
7. Tampa Bay: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
This seems like a lock now.
8. Minnesota: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Vikings will come back for a QB later.
9. Buffalo: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Doug Marrone happy to get any of the top three offensive tackles.
10. Detroit: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Yes, eight mocks in a row Lions choose the Spartan corner.
11. Tennessee: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Titans resist temptation to take a quarterback here.
12. N.Y. Giants: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Their tight end roster is fairly awful.
13. St. Louis: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Rams choose cornerback over safety.
14. Chicago: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
Bears intent on rebuilding Monsters of the Midway.
15. Pittsburgh: WR Odell Beckham, Louisiana State
All the reports of Steelers taking a cornerback are wrong (says me).
16. Dallas: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Right now, there’s no D in Dallas.
17. Baltimore: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Can’t wait for the commish to announce this name.
18. NY Jets: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Some help for Michael Vick (or Geno Smith).
19. Miami: OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Offensive line. Offensive line. Offensive line.
20. Arizona: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
Surprise switch to quarterback for Bruce Arians.
21. Green Bay: FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Anything on defense would help.
22. Philadelphia: WR Marqise Lee, Southern California
Chip Kelly’s system will make him a star.
23. Kansas City: WR Allen Robinson, Penn State
My sixth different receiver going here.
24. Cincinnati: CB Bradley Robey, Ohio State
Typical pick for Bengals.
25. San Diego: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
Pretty much narrowed it down to somebody on defense.
26. Cleveland: ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
This completes a return to mock 2.0 for the Browns’ two picks.
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