- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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McShay has the Browns taking the best available quarterback with the fourth pick, and a receiver at the 26th. The surprise is the receiver isn’t Davante Adams, even though he’s there on McShay’s board.
This thinking is logical and sound, and very much "inside" the proverbial box.
McShay says the Browns have to think quarterback with the fourth pick, which I don’t necessarily agree with. The remaining quarterback of the top three on his board at four is Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, so that’s the guy McShay has the Browns selecting. Given the meteoric importance that hand size has garnered recently, McShay addresses Manziel’s by saying his hands are plenty big enough to grasp the ball in cold weather. So … there’s that.
I’m not budging from my pick. I think the Browns should take receiver Sammy Watkins of Clemson.
At 26, McShay picks Brandin Cooks of Oregon. Cooks is only 5-foot-9 3/4, but he’s been timed at 4.33 in the 40 and he had the fastest time at the combine. He caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns last season in Oregon. Impressive numbers.
I’d still prefer Watkins with Josh Gordon, and a quarterback and running back Carlos Hyde later. Brian Hoyer can hold the fort; his experience helps. Gordon and Watkins would be a dynamic tandem, and Hyde and a free agent could be an effective tandem at running back. This was my position the night of the Orange Bowl, and it remains so today.