ESPN's Todd McShay released his fourth mock draft today. This time around, McShay went with a two-round mock draft. First, let's take a look at how McShay's picks have gone for Cleveland in his first three attempts:
McShay 1.0: QB Derek Carr (No. 6), WR Jordan Matthew (No. 23)
McShay 2.0: QB Blake Bortles (No. 4), WR Davante Adams (No. 26)
McShay 3.0: QB Johnny Manziel (No. 4), WR Brandin Cooks (No. 26)
McShay has been going quarterback-wide receiver for the Browns so far, but in every version, both players have been different. McShay didn't buck in terms of position, but he did recycle one of the quarterbacks for the Browns. Here is how McShay's mock draft started off, prior to Cleveland being on the clock at No. 4 overall:
No. 1 - Houston: DE Jadeveon Clowney
No. 2 - St. Louis: OT Greg Robinson
No. 3 - Jacksonville: OLB Khalil Mack
Unfortunately, McShay did not recycle the quarterback pick I had hoped...
No. 4 - Cleveland: QB Blake Bortles
I think this pick would come down to Bortles or WR Sammy Watkins. I'm going with Bortles. While he isn't a perfect prospect at QB, he has the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this class. He has some improving to do with his mechanics, but he showed clear progress in that area during his pro-day workout, and he checks all the boxes in terms of his size (6-foot-5, 232 pounds), intangibles, character, mental makeup and leadership ability. He can also make plays with his legs and is more creative than he gets credit for.
At No. 26 overall, McShay mocked wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin going to the Browns:
No. 26 - Cleveland: WR Kelvin Benjamin
In this projection, the Browns drafted UCF QB Blake Bortles at No. 4 overall, and now they've added a big-play threat at wide receiver in Benjamin opposite Josh Gordon. This pair of picks would give Cleveland a young and potentially explosive passing attack to develop (TE Jordan Cameron and WR Andrew Hawkins would help round out an impressive receiving corps). Benjamin has a lot of developing to do as a route-runner and is inconsistent catching the ball on tape, but he is a red-zone nightmare who does a great job of coming down with 50-50 balls.
At No. 35 overall, McShay mocked cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste going to the Browns:
No. 35 - Cleveland: CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Jean-Baptiste has very good size at 6-3, 218 pounds, and would be a nice fit in Cleveland.
What do you think of McShay's picks for Cleveland?
Todd McShay's latest mock draft: 1. JAC - Jadeveon Clowney 4. CLE - Blake Bortles 8. MIN - Johnny Manziel pic.twitter.com/7SR3AnSuk1— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 10, 2014