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Tony Grossi's Mock Draft 1.0: Browns tab a quarterback not named Johnny and a cornerback in first round

Feb 21, 2014 -- 9:15am

By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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For those who can’t get enough of the NFL draft, this is your year.

Because of a scheduling conflict with Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the NFL draft was moved into May for the first time. The draft will be held May 8-10, rather than in April, as has been custom for dozens of years.

The end result is the draft season has been extended two weeks. That means more speculation, more rumors, more disinformation, and more mock drafts.

Today we kick off draft season with our first mock draft. We will have a new version every Friday and then conclude with our final one on Thursday, May 8 – the day of the first round of the draft. That’s the one that will serve as our official prediction of the first round.

Until then, these mocks will trace the ups and downs of the draft process as the Browns, and other teams, meander their way to the finish line. Our mocks do not consider the possibility of trades. If trades occur prior to May 8, we will react accordingly.

1. Houston: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

He will win over new coach Bill O’Brien and energize the Texans' fan base.

2. St. Louis: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

First shocker. Jeff Fisher will break in Bruce Matthews’ son at right tackle.

3. Jacksonville: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Second shocker. Jags go defense and plot to take a QB in second round.

4. Cleveland: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida

In a squeaker, his size wins out. Big Blake joins the AFC North.

5. Oakland: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Yes, it would be a big surprise if he slides to this spot.

6. Atlanta: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

The Falcons couldn’t script this any better.

7. Tampa Bay: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

A future No. 1 to complement Vincent Jackson.

8. Minnesota: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Maybe they’ve learned not to reach for a quarterback.

9. Buffalo: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

Time to support QB EJ Manuel with an intermediate target.

10. Detroit: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

This seems like a natural.

11. Tennessee: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Ken Whisenhunt’s Larry Fitzgerald?

12. N.Y. Giants: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Time for the G-men to replenish their defensive front seven.

13. St. Louis: WR Marqise Lee, Southern California

Their receivers are still awful.

14. Chicago: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

Don’t they always go for the Golden Domers?

15. Pittsburgh: FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Fills the hole left after aging Ryan Clark leaves in free agency.

16. Dallas: DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

The Cowboys' defensive front is an affront.

17. Baltimore: ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

There is a void in the middle of the Ravens’ defense that needs to be filled.

18. NY Jets: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

They are so desperate for a play-maker at receiver.

19. Miami: OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Let the rebuilding of the offense line – and locker room – commence.

20. Arizona: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

This isn’t brain surgery. They need offensive line help.

21. Green Bay: DT Rashede Hageman, Minnesota

Packers have issues on defense.

22. Philadelphia: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

What’s so funny?

23. Kansas City: WR Odell Beckham Jr., Louisiana State

Chiefs are desperate for receivers to make plays.

24. Cincinnati: DE Kony Early, Missouri

Bengals probably will lose pass rusher Michael Johnson in free agency.

25. San Diego: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

More help needed on the offensive line.

26. Cleveland: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

He would allow Buster Skrine to stay exclusively inside.

 

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

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 tgrossi@espncleveland.com

Follow Tony on Twitter @tonygrossi

 

 

 

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