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Mel Kiper's 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Browns Taking QB Jared Goff

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The Cleveland Browns hired their new head coach (Hue Jackson) just in time for Mel Kiper's first mock draft, which allowed ESPN's draft expert to incorporate that into the team's pick. With the Tennessee Titans first on the clock, Kiper has them taking Ohio State's Joey Bosa, as Kiper says, "Getting the best defensive lineman in any draft really transcends need." Darn that strength-of-schedule!

With the No. 2 overall pick, Kiper has them taking QB Jared Goff out of California.

It goes without saying the Browns need to take a hard look at quarterbacks, and Hue Jackson should have the chance to start fresh with someone other than Johnny Manziel. Goff has tremendous talent and upside. He's shown off an NFL arm since he arrived at Cal, and has a great mind for the game. He's also shown how resilient he can be, growing with and leading that team at Cal, which would be a great trait in Cleveland.

Although the Browns have the No. 32 overall pick, that pick is technically a second-round pick this year, due to the Patriots forfeiting their first-round pick. Therefore, we're going to have to get used to seeing mock drafts with the Browns only taking one player in the first round.

Rounding out Kiper's Top 5 are OT Laremy Tunsil to the Chargers, DE DeForest Buckner to the Cowboys, and DB Jalen Ramsey to the Jaguars. Browns fans pining for RB Ezekiel Elliott in the second round will be disappointed to hear that Kiper has him going to the Broncos at No. 29 overall.

If you have insider access, you can view the entire first round mock here.

What do you think of Goff-to-Cleveland? Is No. 2 overall to high, or is it worth it for Jackson to "get his guy" if that is who he really wants?

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