- Pat McManamon, ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter
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The first pick, fourth overall, was predictable. Kiper has the Browns taking quarterback Blake Bortles of Central Florida. He's a big, strong-armed guy who came out of nowhere this past season to earn first-round status. In Kiper's draft, Johnny Manziel is off the board when the Browns pick, but Kiper has the Browns favoring Bortles over Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.
Bortles makes sense because of his size and arm strength, and he can develop while someone else -- Brian Hoyer? -- plays. That might be a good thing if he is not forced into the lineup too early.
This is a shock because the Browns traded a first-round running back to get a first-round pick that Kiper then has them using on a running back.
Maybe it's a Cleveland thing.
Hyde is a big, strong, powerful runner who would seem to be a very good NFL prospect. He would make the Browns a better team.
But the Browns' front office seems to buy into the new thinking that does not favor taking running backs high. Not one running back was selected in the first round of last year's draft.
It will be interesting to see if Kiper's thinking is right.
Mel Kiper's first mock draft goes chalk for the Cleveland Browns' first pick in the first round, and shock for the second. The first pick, fourth overall, was predictable.