At 26, Browns select… #KRM
When I was ramping up the Kanick Reader Mock, of course I invited friend and reigning Cheddar Bay champion Frowns. He’s obviously been busy, but his polite decline was more centered on his casual acquaintance with the draft prospects and maybe others would offer better insights.
The disappointment of Peter’s decline was countered when I heard from reigning Cheddar Bay runner-up ChuckKoz after the KRM had started saying he’s game to take a pick. As the top-ranked Cheddar, I thought it fitting to give him the Browns and he accepted. Better him than me. I think this pick is a bitch now that the top cornerbacks1 are off the board. So let’s dig in. With the 26th pick, the Cleveland Browns select:
I, temporary GM of the Browns, just drafted Clowney. He may not be a “need” position, but he is a beast so we could not pass. Nonetheless, I am going to start my analysis with my needs, then make my pick balancing need and my long-term projections. So,
My view of need….
Quarterback: I am committed to drafting a QB that I think can be a legitimate starter in the NFL. I am also committed to Hoyer for next year, so I guess its okay if we go in a different direction for this pick, but we must do something by the 3rd round.
LEADING CANDIDATE: Derek Carr
O-Line: I am really sick of how bad Mitchell Schwartz has been and am a good alternative away from cutting him. And we cannot rely on Pinkston or this new guy from Seattle at guard. With Mack, Thomas, and Greco locked in, I just assume get the best linemen available to start immediately and let these other scraps fill in the final starter slot.
LEADING CANDIDATE: Xavier Su’a Filo (OG)
Wide out: Hawkins is probably not a #2 starter. But with Gordon and Cameron, #3 guys should be able to look that much more impressive. Add in Burleson and a last shot/drop for Little and this position is not freaking me out as much as others indicate. Nonetheless, I fully realize the league we are in and the fact that Little may get cut before the season after dropping a key ball in the GLC. Hence, we need another guy.
CANDIDATE: Odell Beckham
ILB: There is no reason to have a ton of confidence in Craig Robertson and even if I was sold on him, I am not totally sure what I got in Dansby past one or two years, so this is an area that needs addressed.
CANDIDATE: CJ Mosely
Safety: While Gibson is a nice story for an undrafted guy, he probably is not going to be starting for any division winning football teams. Couple the fact that Whitner has some deficiencies against the pass and I sure would like to get someone that can play next year from this draft.
CANDIDATE: N/A – Nobody for this slot, perhaps look at in later rounds
Cornerback: I know many people have this as a higher priority, but I really liked what I saw from Skrine after about week 4. Sure, a quality upgrade would be nice (the Revis talk was fun), but I see Skrine being able to do the job and continue to improve (note: September 2013 me cannot believe these words). Nonetheless, bringing another CB to will allow Skrine perhaps to move around and possibly deal with some concerns we have a safety.
CANDIDATE: N/A – We really wanted Roby. He was snagged just before us, so we are going to look here later.
K: Yeah, we need a kicker. Hopefully we have one on the week prior to the opener, unlike 2013, but I cannot imagine taking one at this point.
THE RUNNER UPS
Xavier Su’a Filo, OG: I really like this guy. He was the leader of a UCLA line that had a big time running game the past two years. And the reason I have him edging out OT Cyrus Kouandjio is that he has demonstrated a level of consistency and maturity (guys that came back from a Mormon mission tend to not be off-the-field problems). Kouandjio could be a homerun, but could bust. However, there appears no way, sans injury, Su’a Filo does anything short of being a long-term starting guard in the NFL. Filling in a guard for the next 10 years is such an incredible concept that this franchise has tried and failed over and over, so solving it would be something special, especially since my new team/coach plan on having an offense that stresses the run.
Odell Beckham, WR: He is the top guy on my board at this point, but nothing jumps out at me. Average college numbers, albeit at LSU, good size/speed but he is inferior to the prior WRs drafted. I know everyone says there are so many great WRs in this draft, but I don’t accept this concept of all these guys being worth first round. And if its so deep, hopefully we can snag a guy later.
CJ Mosely, ILB: The reality is, we just drafted Clowney and we just invested heavily in Dansby. Defensive needs will likely have to wait.
Derek Carr, QB: Truth be told, I made up all sorts of terrible things about Bridgewater, hoping he would fall here, but it didn’t happen. With the biggest three names gone, I am feeling desperate. I don’t know if I can wait until the second or third round and draft that immobile injured SEC guy Mettenberger.2 The worst part of all is that I just saw this franchise make this type of perceived reach with Brandon Weeden, so I do fear this is a major risk. Nonetheless, we really do like Derek and always have, which is why he was one of our first choices to bring in to Berea and have a private workout with. We had him as our #1 QB until he struggled mightily in his bowl game. Still, he has the size and strength necessary for the NFL (gulp, so did Weeden), with a body of work in college that demonstrates an ability to run a pro style offense while in college.
And even if he fails, he won’t be as bad as Weeden. #progress
Pretty good analysis. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with Jadeveon Clowney and Derek Carr in the first round. No really, I don’t ANYONE would be disappointed and I know how incredible that sounds. By the way, yes every picker here is a Browns fan but this really was not a rigged homer mock. The chips fell where they fell.