NFL Mock Draft Monday: 6 New Fun Browns Mocks
Feb 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas defensive lineman Malcom Brown speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Dan Kadar, a local guy who covers the NFL Draft for SB Nation, is a great follow on Twitter and provides great insight. Mocking the Draft is his Twitter name but doesn’t describe how he covers the draft. He does excellent at it.
Here is his first 2 round NFL Mock Draft:
"12. Cleveland Browns: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville Up until the drat, look for the Browns to be associated with a trade up for Mariota. If they sit back and keep picks 12 and 19, their needs are obvious: wide receiver, defensive line and pass rusher. With Parker still available, he is the best and safest choice."
Many Browns fans will get excited about this pick. Some have Parker as their top WR, over Amari Cooper and Kevin White. Even if that is not true, almost everyone agrees that he can be special. He will have some time to develop but could be an instant jolt of offense for the Browns. If the Browns want to run a bunch of deep routes, Bowe and Parker could alternate keeping each other fresh.
Kadar has the Browns passing on Randy Gregory, someone we think would be a tough decision for the Browns, as well as Eddie Goldman, La’El Collins and Andrus Peat before their next pick at #19.
"19. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo Bills): Malcom Brown, DT, Texas The Browns need to fix their run defense, and will have some options in the first round. Brown is someone who has the power to line up over the nose but the athleticism to play end. Fixing the run defense should be a higher priority than adding another first-round pass rusher."
A very interesting pick for the Browns. While most agree the Browns need a true nose tackle (0 or 1 technique), Brown is seen as more of a 3 technique, defensive end in the 3-4. Kadar believes he is strong enough to play the nose. With Shelton off the board early and Goldman gone at 15, Brown or Jordan Phillips fill the biggest need with a ton of upside. Filling receiver and nose in the 1st round provides a lot of flexibility in the 2nd.
"43. Cleveland Browns: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia Finding a pass rusher like Harold in the second round makes this a good haul for the Browns. Harold is an athlete who needs to add strength. If he does, watch out."
With the Eli Harold selection, Kadar fills 3 of the Browns 4 biggest needs (QB or TE are the others depending on who you ask). Harold could be taken late in the 1st and could be a steal here for the Browns. The Browns targeted Trent Cole in free agency only to lose out to the all in Colts. Harold gives them a young rotational guy with Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kruger. He can get to the QB quickly but needs to add some strength. He will start out as a pass rush specialist.
Next: Dane Brugler (2 Round)