With the Super Bowl being played last Sunday, the 2014 NFL season officially came to an end. Unfortunately for the Browns, their season ended a while ago. But that doesn't mean that the offseason isn't in full swing for the Browns.
As we've seen so far this week, it's been a bumpy start to the offseason for the Browns. So let's lighten the mood with some Draft talk!
This morning, ESPN's Todd McShay released his latest mock draft. There's two new names on his mock that he hadn't previously mocked to the Browns.
McShay has the Browns going offensive line with their first pick, #12 overall, selecting Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings. Here is what McShay has to say about the pick:
This would be a tough scenario for the Browns. Their biggest needs are probably right tackle, wide receiver and nose tackle, but the top prospects at each of those positions are already off the board. Johnny Manziel's future with the team is uncertain, but there aren't any QBs worth drafting here, either, and Cleveland will instead likely need to add a veteran in free agency (Mike Glennon, perhaps?) if Brian Hoyer goes to another team. Clemmings is a reach here, but he makes sense because of the importance of the position and his high potential. He's a work in progress, having played only two years of offensive tackle at Pitt, but he has impressive physical tools and is getting better. He excels as a run blocker and would bring strength and toughness to a unit that badly needs it. He'd struggle early in pass protection, but has the potential to improve.
His analysis of the pick isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. Despite how you feel about Mitchell Schwartz, there's no denying the Browns need offensive line help, if only for depth purposes. I am not sure it warrants attention with the twelfth overall pick, but that's just me. McShay is pretty close when he says that the Browns' biggest needs are right tackle, wide receiver, and nose tackle. I'd probably broaden those a bit to just offensive line, receiver, and defensive line. And then fill in with best available.
I like Clemmings as a prospect, just not at #12. I think the Browns could go elsewhere at #12 and address the offensive line either at #19, or later, if needed.
With Cleveland's second pick of the first round, McShay has the Browns selecting Michigan wide receiver/tight end Devin Funchess. Here's his analysis of the pick:
I gave the Browns an offensive tackle with the No. 12 pick in T.J. Clemmings, and there still isn't a QB worth drafting here at No. 19 (the pick they acquired from the Bills last May in Buffalo's trade up to draft Sammy Watkins), so I'm going with a potential difference-maker at WR in Funchess. I liked his passion for the game at times, but questioned it at other times. He was dealing with a miserable QB situation at Michigan, but teams will need to dig deeper into his football character. If there are no concerns there, he's a top-25 football player in this class. He's a hybrid TE/WR who fits best as an X wide receiver in the NFL, in my opinion. His frame and body control make him tough to cover even when defenders are in position.
I believe without question the Browns need to address wide receiver in the first round. There's plenty of 'difference-makers,' as McShay puts it, in the first round at receiver. Now, the question will be when to take a receiver, and who's available. Guys like Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker, and Kevin White are hot commodities, but will the Browns have a shot at them? I imagine one of them will likely be there at #12.
Funchess is a big-bodied receiver, and would likely slide right in as the Browns' X receiver with Josh Gordon suspended. The way McShay has this most recent mock lined up would likely sting for the Browns, he has a few guys the Browns would be interested being selected just before the Browns would pick.
I think I'd be okay with these selections, but if we were to go this route, I'd like to see the Browns try and trade down to acquire some further assets in the process.
What do you make of McShay's most recent mock, do you like the picks?