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What if Mel Kiper's Initial Mock Drafts Came True for the Browns?

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Earlier today, Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com posted the following table, which paints a hypothetical picture of who the Cleveland Browns would have on their roster if Mel Kiper's intial mock drafts over the past six years were 100% correct.

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First, the picture illustrates the surplus of first round picks the Browns have had over the past six years compared to other teams. The table below compares who Kiper projected the Browns to select, compared to who they actually got:

Mel Kiper's Projection Browns Actually Got
CB Joe Haden CB Joe Haden (correct)
WR A.J. Green NT Phil Taylor (Green gone, Browns traded down)
QB Robert Griffin III RB Trent Richardson (Griffin gone, Browns traded up)
WR Kendall Wright QB Brandon Weeden (Wright gone)
DE Bjoern Werner OLB Barkevious Mingo (Werner available)
QB Blake Bortles CB Justin Gilbert (Bortles gone, Browns traded down)
RB Carlos Hyde QB Johnny Manziel (Hyde available, Browns traded up)
NT Danny Shelton NT Danny Shelton (correct)
OT Ereck Flowers OL Cameron Erving (Flowers gone)


Which side is better -- what the Browns actually got, or what Kiper had projected? It's easy to look at Green and Griffin and think that Kiper's draft is sexier, but he also has two quarterbacks on his list, and Griffin wasn't the same after his knee injury. The Browns had a disaster with Weeden and Richardson, and after Haden, they haven't produced a superstar talent. Kiper probably gets the slight edge due to his Green projection, but if it weren't for that, I'd call the comparison a push.