Fansided’s Josh Sanchez put out a mock draft that can be found here. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at what he gave the Cleveland Browns.
With the seventh pick in the draft, the Browns get Derek Carr, the quarterback from Fresno State. As some may already know, I am a huge Carr fan and I love his fit with the Browns. I believe he could come in and start immediately, but he and Brian Hoyer could certainly compete for the job. He has a tremendous arm, moves well, and is accurate. Carr needs to have more consistent mechanics, especially with his feet but he has an incredible amount of talent for the quarterback position and can do everything Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner could want him to do.
At this point, I am actually more concerned that the Browns will actually be able to land Carr. The more and more this process moves along, it seems like Carr will actually end up being the second quarterback off of the board and may go with the second pick in the draft.
With the pick the Browns got from the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns take… Johnny Manziel, quarterback from Texas A&M. I wouldn’t do it. I don’t think the Browns are going to do it. If the Browns are taking Carr, they believe he is the franchise quarterback. The idea of then taking another quarterback? That could happen, but not that early, especially with Hoyer in the mix.
To this point, he has not declared yet, but he is eligible and his coach just went to USC, so the guy I would like to see the Browns take with that pick is Austin Seferian-Jenkins, tight end from Washington. I like Jordan Cameron. I like what he gives the Browns as an offensive weapon. I also believe that the NFL has made the tight end position incredibly difficult to defend, so having more than one is certainly not a bad thing. Plus, Jenkins gives the Browns a different dimension than Cameron and they do need another tight end on this team.
Jenkins is listed 6’6″ 276lbs and is simply huge. He can play inline and block extremely well when he wants to and is a terrific athlete going down the field. He looks like a power forward pulling down rebounds down the field with a wide body that allows him to box out opponents without much trouble. Jenkins is an absolute nightmare in the red zone but he can make plays all over the field.
To me, the combination of Cameron and Jenkins would be like what the Browns had when Chud was here as an offensive coordinator with Kellen Winslow and Steve Heiden. Heiden could come in and block but was developing as a receiving threat before injuries derailed his career. Jenkins is more athletic than Heiden and Cameron does not have the knee issue Winslow battled with, but Chud and Norv love tight ends and these two could give them a ton of options. Between Josh Gordon, Cameron and Jenkins, the Browns would have a ton of size and athleticism that would be really nice to have in the AFC North.
I would certainly like to see the Browns add a wide receiver as well and if they can lock down Carr with that first pick, I would love to see them use that second round pick on one. My preference is Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt, but I have not had a chance to evaluate too many of the underclassmen yet. Following that up by attacking the running back and offensive line in the the third/fourth round area.