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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Analyzing Kiper Mock 4.0: Browns

By Pat McManamon

The three top quarterbacks are all on the board for the Cleveland Browns when they make their first first-round selection in ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s Jr. Mock Draft 4.0 Insider.

It’s no surprise Kiper has the Browns taking one at that spot. Everyone and their cousin seems to believe the Browns absolutely have to have a quarterback with the No. 4 pick.

With Greg Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins all gone, Kiper has the Browns taking Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

I don’t see it. For a couple reasons.

First, it doesn’t seem logical that Jacksonville would pass on a quarterback or linebacker Khalil Mack at No. 3. Kiper has them taking Watkins, which makes little sense given players the Jaguars seem to like better are there for the taking (Manziel or Mack). Also, in Kiper's scenario I’d say it’s far more likely the Browns take Mack to bolster their defense. Manziel simply does not seem to fit their approach. Mack, a big and aggressive every-down kind of linebacker, does.

The next two projected Cleveland picks both make sense because of the positions. Kiper has the Browns taking a cornerback 26th (Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech) and a wide receiver in the second round (Davante Adams of Fresno State).

Both positions are sensible, the players chosen a matter of opinion -- though if Adams is there in the second round it would be a steal. Kiper’s picks here are logical.

The interesting thing is that Kiper has Teddy Bridgewater dropping to the first pick of the second round. If that happens, it would be interesting to see if the Browns would try to move up two spots to take him.