NFL Mock Draft: Dueling CBS Sports’ Mocks
With the Super Bowl just a few days away, the full off-season is almost upon us. That means we get to continue to be excited about many of the NFL Mock Drafts that will come our way for the Cleveland Browns. The Senior Bowl is over and the NFL Combine is a few weeks away. There we will learn much more about the players we hope to see donning the new Browns uniforms next season.
Today, instead of focusing on the Dual NFL Mock Drafts from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler at CBS Sports, we are going to have them duel. We want to match-up their picks against each other and see what you think. So we will give you their picks, our thoughts and then have you vote.
On a side note Brugler agrees with me that if Marcus Mariota is on the board at #12, which I contend he will be, the Browns will select him:
So now that you know that Dane is smart, since he backed me up, lets take a look at his NFL Mock Draft versus Rob Rang’s:
"12. Cleveland Browns – WR Kevin White, West VirginiaWho knows how much longer Josh Gordon will last in Cleveland, which is why wide receiver could be a possibility in the first round for the Browns. White is dynamic with the ball in the air, using his tracking ability and strong hands to attack the ball and come down with it."
"12. Cleveland Browns — Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: As the only team with two first-round picks, the Browns have a lot of flexibility, including potentially making a good offensive line one of the league’s elite. A star left tackle for the Cardinal, Peat is blessed with remarkable balance and agility for a man of his 6-7, 315-pound dimensions. He would provide an upgrade over Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle and could be groomed to eventually take over for perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas."
Right away this becomes a competition less about who you like better, most would agree that White and Peat are very good players. It also isn’t about fit as most would agree that White and Peat fit needs on the Browns. It also isn’t about even the side of the football as they are both on offense.
Instead this is about what you think the Browns need more and what you value more. White is considered an elite receiver, although I am not as high on him as most, while Peat is considered an elite lineman that could be in Cleveland for 10 years.
Fans have been on both positions as important, with the most vocal generally siding with the team selecting a receiver. So what say you?
"19. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) – DL Malcom Brown, TexasCleveland had trouble stopping the run in 2014 and desperately need to address the defensive line this offseason. Brown has a great mix of quickness, power and versatility to be an instant contributor for Mike Pettine’s defense."
"19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) — Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan: The Browns’ defense and running game have been good enough to make them competitive, but the lack of a top-flight receiver limits the team’s upside. With yet another failed drug test, Josh Gordon is facing a year-long suspension and his future in Cleveland is very much in doubt. The 6-5, 235 pound Funchess would add another dimension to Cleveland’s offense."
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Here is where things converge a little bit. Rang has the Browns taking a tackle an then Funchess the wide receiver/tight end tweener player while Brugler gets the wide receiver before going for the big defense tackle in Brown. Remember we want you to only vote between the two players at 19, not taking the 12th pick into consideration. Yes, we know that is difficult, so just pretend the Browns only have 1 first round pick when you get to #19.
Brown makes a ton of sense for the Browns as they need someone to help stop the run up the middle (for those calling for Suh in free agency he is not a nose tackle and would be wasted there). He isn’t Danny Shelton right now but could be just as good. With this pick the Browns would shore up the worst run defense in the league and the biggest hole on their roster.
Unless you think that is the pass catching position. The Browns are going to be without Josh Gordon and could lose Jordan Cameron in free agency. Funchess isn’t the Gordon type talent but could he be some combination of Alshon Jeffrey and Cameron? Funchess is huge, his 40 time at the Combine could be decisive for him, and would give the Browns a difficult weapon for teams to match-up with. On the other hand, when was the last *ichigan offensive player to come into the NFL and dominate?
So the Browns could either have a big nose tackle in Brown or a big pass catcher in Funchess, what say you Browns fans?
Excited to see which two players got voted in through this Dueling NFL Mock Drafts.
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