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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
With sixth, 23rd picks in 2014 NFL draft ...

By Pat McManamon

Since it’s never too early to talk NFL Draft in Cleveland ...

ESPN's Todd McShay released his first mock draft of the year today here (Insider content), and when he projects the Browns two first-round picks he goes chalk.

McShay projects the Browns taking a quarterback and a wide receiver in the first round.

With the first pick -- which now would be sixth and could go higher depending on the final two games -- McShay has the Browns taking Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr (4,866 yards, 48 touchdowns, seven interceptions). With the second pick -- which was acquired from Indianapolis for Trent Richardson, and now would be 23rd -- McShay projects Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt.

Regarding Carr, McShay said the quarterback “is a little bit of a reach.”

Then he added: Carr “is very accurate and has great touch on short-to-intermediate throws, has a high football IQ and gets the ball out quickly. He can improve his deep-ball accuracy, but has the arm strength to make all the NFL throws and the maturity and experience to come in and play right away."

McShay sees Matthews as a good second receiver opposite Josh Gordon.

“Matthews is the perfect fit for this role, as he doesn't have elite physical traits but does possess good size and deceptive speed to go with separation skills and strong hands,” McShay wrote. “He has been very productive for Vandy even while dealing with double coverage for a long time now.

Yes ... the draft is five months away.