A lot has changed since then, most notably the Senior Bowl has come and gone.
Today Kiper released his Mock Draft 2.0. So let's take a look at who he has the Browns selecting in the first round.
With their #12 pick, he has the Browns selecting Louisville WR DeVante Parker.
I've said before the Browns had one of the strangest, yet really good drafts in recent memory with their 2014 class. They have a total question mark when it comes to their first two picks (Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel), but not only did they add an extra first-round pick for 2015, they nailed pretty much every pick beyond that first round. What they didn't do was get a high-upside talent at wide receiver, and Parker has as high a ceiling as you can find in this class. He can beat defenders to the ball with his size, leaping ability and catch radius, and he's underrated as a threat to add yards after the catch on short throws. With Josh Gordon potentially done in Cleveland -- at a minimum he's gone for 2015 -- Parker looks like a no-brainer here.
I've been on the DeVante Parker train for a long time, and would be overly ecstatic with this pick. When you compound the Browns recent lack of WR playmakers, with Josh Gordon's suspension, the void at receiver is huge. Parker would be able to step in from day one, and be a difference-maker. Kiper is right, if Parker is there at #12, this is a no-brainer.
Kiper then goes on to the Browns' second pick of the first round, and has them taking Florida State DT Eddie Goldman. Here's what he has to say about that pick:
When Phil Taylor got hurt last year, the Browns really suffered, particularly when it came to stopping the run. It's a pretty good example of why you' can be only as good as your depth on the defensive line over a long NFL season. The Browns have an extra pick, and given they already added a weapon in the passing game with their earlier pick, this is a good time to add one help on the defensive line. I can see a guy like Malcolm Brown or Jordan Phillips entering the conversation here, but Goldman is a player who already was pretty good in 2014, even when you feel like he's just scratching the surface of his potential. A healthy Browns defense with some added help up front and a healthy Taylor has the potential to be pretty darn good in 2015.
There's a been a few mocks recently that had the Browns addressing offensive line at #19. While I agree, to an extent, that offensive line is a major position of need, I'm okay with Mitchell Schwartz at RT. Therefore, I would be very pleased to see the Browns come away with what I feel are their two biggest needs, WR and DL, with their first two picks. Goldman would fit well along the Browns defensive line, and would definitely help the Browns suspect rush defense.
As we normally see, there's been risers and fallers so far in this early mock draft season. One guy in particular that has seen his stock sky-rocket, is Washington's Danny Shelton. As I previously mentioned, he was mocked to the Browns at #12 in Kiper's first mock, but now is a top-10 selection in this version at #7.
Below are a few further Risers and Fallers from Kiper's two versions of his mock he's put out to date.
DT Danny Shelton rises from 12 to 7
DE Arik Armstead from 17 to 8
OT Andrus Peat from 25 to 10
WR Kevin White from 15 to 11
WR Breshad Perriman enters 1st round at 15
RB Melvin Gordon from 25 to 17
WR Devin Smith from 32 to 18
DT Eddie Goldman from 30 to 19
WR Jalen Collins enters 1st round at 24
TE Maxx Williams enters 1st round at 26
ILB Denzel Perryman enters 1st round at 28
OT La'el Collins enters 1st round at 29
WR Phillip Dorsett enters 1st round at 31
OLB Vic Beasley from 13 to 21
S Landon Collins from 7 to 22
OT T.J. Clemmings from 10 to 25
ILB Shaq Thompson from 14 to not in 1st round
OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree from 21 to not in 1st round
CB Kevin Johnson from 22 to not in 1st round
So what do you all make of Kiper's second mock? Would you be happy with the above two selections for the Browns? I know I would be.