2015 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Draft Class Recap
By Paul Noel
4th Rd – 123rd Overall
Nov 22, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Vince Mayle (1) misses a pass as Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Lloyd Carrington (8) defends during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian -USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns have completed a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, to move back a few spots in the fourth round of the draft and they selected wide receiver Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Mayle is a big player that is raw but has great upside.
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, “(Mayle) Former basketball player. Has good speed and twitch for a big receiver. Can win in space and has tremendous ability to track the ball over his shoulder on deep throws. Has learned to vary route speed to help with separation on slants. Outstanding physical traits for the position. Sinks hips and sits down on route quickly for a receiver his size. Better acceleration than cornerbacks expect on free release. Can get to top speed quickly and has touchdown catches of 72, 81 and 90 yards over last two seasons. Has the body type to overwhelm small cornerbacks. Fights through initial contact after the catch and will grind out tough yards. Slimmed down entering 2014 and put up big numbers in pass-happy offense.”
The Browns look like they have identified the need for solid veteran leadership across the board and went out and got two veteran receivers in Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline. The Browns’ have addressed key needs along the defensive line, and wide receivers with veterans in free agency. Now they have added a big young talent that the veteran’s can help bring along. At 6’2″, Mayle is another wide receiver prospect that could step-in and stretch the field for the Browns’ offense. The Browns’ offense desperately missed the deep ball last season and had to rely heavily on the slot receivers to stretch the defense. Mayle is an ideal big man that has decent speed (4.6 40 yrd dash), his route running needs to improve, as well as his consistency catching the football. All in all this is a great pick-up for the Browns.
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