With the No. 123 pick in the Cleveland Browns selected WR Vince Mayle out of Washington State. This is the second player in as many days that the Browns drafted from Washington State (third-round pick, DT Xavier Cooper, also played there). Cleveland drafted S Ibraheim Campbell earlier in the fourth round., the
At last! Fans have been begging GM Ray Farmer for several years to draft a wide receiver, so they finally got their wish. Here is the problem, though -- where do you actually expect a guy like Mayle to compete this year? Is he going to surpass veteran free agents Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline? No. Is he going to surpass Andrew Hawkins or Taylor Gabriel? No -- they are different types of players. That means at best, he's your No. 5 receiver, but Travis Benjamin is still on the roster.
He was on our draft tracker heading into the draft. Here is what CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar said about Mayle:
One of eight FBS players to collect triple digit catches in 2014, Mayle is much more than simply a product of Mike Leach’s offensive system. A former basketball player at the JUCO level, he is viewed as a hybrid H-back/tight end by some scouts, but showed more natural receiving traits as a senior and although he’s not quite as gifted as Louisville’s DeVante Parker, Mayle is a lesser talented prospect in a similar mold. It’s clear he’s still learning the tricks of the trade and his passion for football needs to be addressed, but Mayle is an easy player to get excited about with his size, athleticism and the upside his talent suggests – projects as a NFL starter in year two.
What do you think, Browns fans?