I come in peace from Blogging the Boys. I am a Cowboys fan, but I noticed that your Browns have a plethora of draft picks and I wondered that if I was the GM, could I fix their roster to the point where it could compete in the AFC North. To answer this question, I did a fanspeak.com mock as the Browns and this is what I got. I got the team needs from drafttek.com.
1A. Jadeveon Clowney OLB South Carolina - I believe he would be an OLB in your 3-4. Manziel and Bortles were still on the board, but I just couldn't pass up a chance to get the best player in the draft.
1B. Zack Martin G/T Notre Dame - play him at G or RT, he's a very underrated player that would be a great addition to your offensive line, which will be protecting your new QB.
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt - I think Matthews is the 2nd best WR in this draft (behind Watkins) and would be absolutely great opposite the stud you already have in Josh Gordon. Your new QB is going to be REALLY happy about these first 3 picks.
3A. Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona - Reminds me a lot of LeSean McCoy. Very shifty guy who can convert speed into power. Trent who?
3B. Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois - Honestly, I want the Cowboys to draft this guy and let him sit behind Romo for a few years because I think he's a future star in this league, but going to these Browns with a solid defense that just added Jadeveon Clowney and an offense suddenly full of weapons with Matthews, Gordon, Cameron, and Carey as well as a solid foundation for the offensive line in Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, and Zack Martin wouldn't be a bad place for him to land. My advice would be to ride Brian Hoyer for another season and let Garoppolo get his NFL legs under him, but he should be good to go when the time comes.
4A. Lamin Barrow ILB LSU - Good run stopper, adequate in pass protection, perfect for a 3-4 defense that has some very nice pass rushing pieces up front.
4B. Victor Hampton CB South Carolina - Great man corner, need to shore up the back end here. Hampton brings an agressive, physical style that's rare from the CB position.
5. Tre Boston S North Carolina - Calvin Pryor clone in the 5th round. Not sure why his stock isn't much higher. Would be great to pair with the studly T.J. Ward.
6. Chris Davis CB Auburn - Perhaps one of the most underrated players on fanspeak, but I got him in the 6th. I was actually looking for him with that second 4th rounder, but he was ranked so low I thought he was already taken. Anyway, great leader, great all around player. Might be a bit on the small side and be forced to play in the slot, but he's a very valuable player in the 6th.
7. Dri Archer Athlete Kent State - It's the 7th round, all your needs are filled, this guy runs a 4.28 40 on a bad day. There HAS to be a way to use this guy.
Now according to overthecap.com, y'all have about $49 million in cap space, more than enough to sign essential free agents T.J. Ward and Alex Mack. Kick the tires on Desmond Bishop for the veteran minimum and sign Perry Riley away from Washington and this is a formidable defense. Then sign Jon Asamoah away from the Chiefs and you have a pretty studly offensive line to go with these great weapons on offense with about $10 million - $15 million in cap space left over.
What do you say Browns fans. Did I pass the test?