Round 1, Pick 2: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Initially, most of the projections had Cleveland taking California quarterback Jared Goff at number two. While that is by no means no longer an option, the main reason I have Wentz here is because of all the hype that has begun to surround the possibility of the Browns taking him at two. Certainly no one could blame them.
During his career at NDSU, while only having two years as a starter and missing half of the 2015 season due to injury, Wentz was able to amass an impressive 45:14 touchdown to interception ratio, and throw for over 5,000 yards. At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, he has great size, and is able to sit in the pocket, while also has the ability to step up if needed.
He wouldn’t provide the type of run threat that Johnny/Billy would, but if he’s throwing touchdowns, I doubt Browns fans will care.
Round 2, Pick 32: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
The $9 million Dwayne Bowe experiment was a total disaster last year. After only seeing the field for 3 games and catching only 1 pass, it’s hard to say if Terrelle Pryor will be a successful NFL receiver. And last but certainly not least, who knows if Josh Gordon will be able to stay clean for any stretch of time this season.
All these reasons make it seem impossible for the Browns to not take a receiver in this draft. Instead of waiting until the fourth round to draft someone who doesn’t survive final roster cuts, I see the Browns getting a receiver in the second round, to either pair with Gordon, or take his place if he should get suspended again. Even it requires trading back slightly, Fuller is a strong option here.
He is not the tallest receiver in the class, but his speed more than makes up for it, and would be an incredible weapon right out of the gate for Wentz to start his Browns career with.
Next: Rounds 3 & 4