4 Rd. Browns NFL Mock Draft: What Jared Would Do
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Browns have an obvious need for a long term, big time receiver. Many will say that Devin Smith is not that guy but I would disagree. The Browns, if Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine are actually allowed to stick it out for 4 or 5 years, are going to be a run first team. A player like Smith can take the top off the defense, block in the run game and has a lot of upside in his routes.
While a huge, prototype sized #1 would be nice, for the Browns that type of player is not as necessary and may get frustrated with their role on the team. Smith shows the ability to beat defenders deep, stack them and haul in contested catches. His ability to get off of jams is surprisingly good for a smaller guy and with the Browns he will get time to develop. Smith can also play from the slot some, tearing up the seams of the defense as well.
Smith is closer to a finished product with a high floor while others, at 19 or 43, may have higher ceilings but much lower floors.
Other options: Dorial Green-Beckham, Clive Walford, Devin Funchess, Nelson Agholor, Benardrick McKinney
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