2015 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller’s Perfect for Browns?
Nov 22, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) makes a touchdown catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The 2015 NFL Mock Draft season is upon us following the completion of the regular season. With the Cleveland Browns being the only team holding two first round picks, and a ton of questions still to be answered on the team, this draft could be defining for GM Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine.
Universal understanding is that the Browns have needs related to wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line (X 2) and inside linebacker. A young strong safety and maybe another corner also would fit. Beyond those needs is the ever present question about the quarterback position. The Browns likely are not in a spot where they could draft one of the top two guys, Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, and could struggle trading up for either as well.
Yesterday we took a look at one of our favorites, the CBS Sports Dual Mock Drafts (Opens in New Window). Today we continue with a look at Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller and his always interesting Mock Drafts. In his recently published 2015 NFL Mock Draft, Miller has Mariota going 1st with Winston slipping down to 6th to the Jets. Depending on who the new GM in New York is, it is possible the Browns could trade up into that area if a player they love falls, we will address Winston later.
Now on to what Miller has the Cleveland Browns doing to upgrade their team in his 2015 NFL Mock Draft:
"The Pick: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville The Cleveland Browns enter the 2015 draft with two first round picks, and they’re going to need both of them. And here’s hoping the players they draft in Round 1 this year are ready to work. Louisville’s DeVante Parker is a worker, and the type of no-nonsense, high character wide receiver this team needs. Parker can replace Josh Gordon and give whomever the quarterback is a high-pointing threat successful working down the field or on intermediate routes. Parker can make money both after the catch or in the air—and that’s what the team lacks without Gordon."
The pick, or at least position, most fans want to see the Browns take early in the first round. The Browns haven’t shown that size at receiver is a huge value, instead focused on route running and ability to catch the ball. Parker is big, 6’3″, but also runs route good and can make all the catches. This year has been a bit of an exception because normally receivers tend to have little impact in their rookie years. That may be changing due to the rules in the NFL and the coaching they receive in college.
Many of the players selected before the Browns pick could interest the team. With 10 picks, and likely little desire to add that many rookies to an already young roster, it would not be shocking to see the Browns trade up once or twice during the draft. Miller has the Browns addressing one of the needs we all see but what does he have the Browns doing with their second pick that could make his 2015 NFL Mock Draft perfect for the team?
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