When Cris Collinsworth of Pro Football Focus published his first-ever mock draft in the middle of the March, he boldly predicted that the St. Louis Rams would trade all the way up to No. 1 overall to take a quarterback. He ended up getting that trade correct -- and now that it's a month later and we're on the heels of the actual draft with the Cleveland Browns now sitting at No. 8 overall, Collinsworth has published his second mock draft.
In what might be an unpopular pick, Collinsworth has Cleveland taking a cornerback in the spot just two years after they flailed with the selection of Justin Gilbert in the spot. If it was Jalen Ramsey here, it'd be great. Is Vernon Hargreaves worth the price of admission, though?
8. Cleveland Browns: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Even given the presence of Joe Haden, whose recovery from ankle surgery could potentially cause him to miss Cleveland’s season opener, the Browns have some concerns at the cornerback position, and Hargreaves is one of the best in this year’s class. I worry a little bit about his deep recovery speed, but he is explosive (as demonstrated by his excellent 39-inch vertical and 130-inch broad jumps at the combine) and loves being physical with opposing wide receivers. He had 10 interceptions during his time at Florida, evidence of his ball skills, and while he slipped in PFF coverage grades as a junior to No. 71 in the nation, he ranked No. 2 as a true sophomore in 2014.
What do you think, Browns fans? Would you be on board with an all-Florida Haden-and-Hargreaves starting tandem?