Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Browns
By Pat McManamon
With two picks in the first round, most pundits have the Cleveland Browns taking some combination of quarterback, receiver and/or cornerback with the fourth and 26th picks.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's mock draft 4.0 makes a lot of sense for the Browns.
With the fourth pick, McShay has the Browns taking a quarterback, and with the 26th pick, he has them taking a receiver. Not only do the positions make sense, so do the individual picks. Blake Bortles is the quarterback, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin the receiver.
A few thoughts on each:
Bortles is the quarterback I believe the Browns like best. This is based on logical thinking, not inside insight as the Browns are locked tighter than a submerged submarine, concerning information. Bortles just seems to make the most sense. He's big, strong-armed, can move around and can take a year or two to grow behind Brian Hoyer. Johnny Manziel can make the Final Four, but he can't have a pro day without it turning into a circus. Teddy Bridgewater's stock has fallen since the season ended. Bortles makes sense for the Browns.
The receiver also makes sense, but there's a lot of speculation that the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in Benjamin, a big, strong receiver with good hands. Benjamin might not make the immediate impact of a Sammy Watkins at No. 4 (he's STILL the guy I'd take), but he would be a complement to the group the Browns have put together.
All in all, McShay's selections make sense. They're not earth-shattering, not eye-opening, but they are logical and sensible. Both could very well happen.