Thursday, April 18, 2013
Kiper-McShay mock: Browns take Cooper
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay held their first joint mock draft of the year, and the result proved surprising for the Cleveland Browns.
Picking for the Browns, Kiper selected a guard, but not the consensus top one in the draft. Kiper has Cleveland taking North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper with the No. 6 overall pick.
I don't like this selection for three reasons:
1. Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan was still on the board. If Jordan is there, the Browns have to grab him. He's a perfect fit for the Browns' new and aggressive 3-4 defense. Jordan is a top-five talent, and you can't pass him up if he falls.
2. Not a fan of taking a guard in the top half of the draft. Even if the guard is a big-time talent, other positions are simply more important. Plus, the Browns have bigger needs at cornerback, outside linebacker, tight end and safety than guard.
3. If you're going to take a guard, you should go for Alabama's Chance Warmack. He's experienced, durable and powerful. Warmack has been compared to perennial Pro Bowl lineman Will Shields. If the Browns are looking to upgrade at guard, it should be Warmack and not Cooper.
Here's the top five of the joint mock draft: 1. Kansas City (McShay), OT Luke Joeckel; 2. Jacksonville (Kiper), OT Eric Fisher; 3. Oakland (McShay), DE Ezekiel Ansah; 4. Philadelphia (Kiper), CB Dee Milliner; 5. Detroit (McShay), OT Lane Johnson.