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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Browns

By Pat McManamon

ESPN's Todd McShay makes the picks he thinks teams should select in his latest mock draftInsider. He's not predicting what will happen, but what he thinks should happen if he were the GM of 32 different NFL teams.

McShay has about the most sensible, logical and well thought out mock I've seen. He doesn't reach, but he does make picks based on the talent available, and the reality of the situation concerning the top quarterbacks. And the end result is a shock, and shockingly good for the Browns.

As the Browns GM, McShay takes wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick.


This is the guy I picked in January for the Browns, and as the draft approaches I'm more cemented on Watkins than ever. Adding him to Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to go with Ben Tate and the other additions at receiver would give the Browns an offense that would force defensive coordinators to choose what to take away, which should help an efficient quarterback like Brian Hoyer.

Watkins makes sense.

And McShay had the guts to make Watkins his pick even though all three of the top quarterbacks were on the board when he chose for the Browns.

I repeat: Hallelujah.

At the 26th pick, Johnny Manziel is still on the board -- and McShay has the Browns taking him. This is simply sheer brilliance, and should engender McShay a job offer from Berea, Ohio. Taking Manziel fourth is reaching given the questions surrounding him. Taking Manziel given his talent at No. 26 is a smart move. Would Manziel last that long? Why not? There are serious and significant questions about him, and a man named Aaron Rodgers also slipped. Manziel very well could last, and if he does and if the Browns take him with the second of their first-round picks, it's a risk worth taking.

Most Browns fans would gush about Watkins and Manziel, but few would think it's possible. It is -- as McShay shows.