August 16, 2014

NFL Draft: Browns currently picking 6th

According to the experts at NEPatriotsDraft.com after crunching all the numbers and considering the Browns’ season-ending loss to the Steelers, the Cleveland Browns will be picking 6th in this year’s NFL draft.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) .491
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) .541
3. Oakland Raiders (4-11) .470
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) .512
5. Detroit Lions (4-12) .569
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) .506
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-10) .553
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10) .493
9. New York Jets (6-10) .516
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) .538

Of course who the Browns take is still a huge mystery. Will the Browns still be running the 4-3 defense? Will they need a quarterback? Who is the best player available in that slot? Who will the general manager be?

[Related: Browns drop final game to Steelers and start off-season of change]

  • FearTheRoo

    Our offense needs the most improvement, like always. But I feel like it’s too soon to give up on Weeden and none of the QB’s in this class are very impressive. So unfortunately I say they go defense, and my hope is that they can get Manti Te’o.

  • Commonsense

    I want TEO, unless Jarvis Jones is still available. Bjoern Werner is my third choice. Please don’t draft glennon or wilson.

  • http://twitter.com/Bornabuckeye Donnie Reece

    Manti Teo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • saggy

    I think, as of now, I agree with that top-3.

    Jarvis
    T’eo
    Baby Bjorn

  • todd

    Trade down pick up a corner and a 2nd

  • MrCleaveland

    Mock draft season is under way for real. As is three-plus months of us obsessing over it.

    Oh well, here in Browns Town, January to April is more entertaining than September through December.

  • Kildawg

    We need a CB2. Matthieu might be worth a 4th round if he’s still available. We should re-sign Pro-Bowl Dawson. If not it will be a major gaffe and leave us with a big hole at K. At least the HC weakness should be fixed…

  • Blue_Guybrush

    No elite WRs… I already knew that but seeing it again is really heartbreaking. That would make the absolute most difference right off the bat. I guess improving the defense couldn’t hurt but until this offense can get the ball through the air like a decent NFL team, the playoffs will remain a prospect that we speculate about with a jocular rather than a hopeful tone.

  • woofersus

    I think the young receivers we have matured greatly through the season, and probably wouldn’t even put that position in our top 3 needs at this point. Better qb play and some commitment to the run will do wonders for the passing game as well. Assuming Sheldon Brown and Usama Young are gone it looks like CB and Safety are the most dire needs, followed closely by LB since Fujita is probably gone and Maiava shouldn’t be starting. I’d love to see them keep Brown on and move him to FS and then either go CB or LB in the 1st round, with slight preference to CB since really good ones generally go high.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Yes agree 110%. I have been very happy with our WR play. Many think Gordon will be 1,000+ yards in his second season, and Little made HUGE strides in catching the ball. He is a beast in the open field. I would even put TE as a greater need right now than WR.

  • TheRobot57

    Jarvis Jones would be a bad pick for this D. He dan’t play 4-3 end or SAM. Damontre Moore of A&M is better. Adding a good DE would put the D in the top 5. There aren’t really any CB’s good enough for #6. Better to wait until the 3rd and pick one up then.

  • BROSEPH

    Drafting a WR in the first and second round would be a waste of a draft, when there’s so many more pressing needs (CB, LB, OL depth, DE)

  • C-Bus Kevin

    It’s almost painful to say it, but QB needs to be addressed. Weeden might improve but he was just plain bad this year…possibly the worst of the rookies to start.

    It was a huge mistake to draft him because of his age. Everyone talks about “football age” but it just made no sense to take him. It may seem like it would be an even bigger mistake to cut bait with him so quickly, but any high school economics teacher will tell you that his selection is a sunk cost at this point.

    I’m not suggesting they take a QB at #6, but perhaps there’s a good later round “diamond in the rough.” Zac Dysert out of Miami (OH)? Is there a free agent or trade possibilty out there?

    Unless Weeden pays off next year, and in a big way, there’s no point in continuing on with a QB that played high school football during the Clinton administration.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I don’t think they should draft a QB with pick #6, but QB is the first and most significant hole that needs to be filled. Nothing else matters for this organization until they find “the guy.”

    They haven’t had a franchise QB since the relaunch, and they’re not going anywhere until they find him. Just one fan’s humble opinion.

  • BROSEPH

    Weren’t you advocating for Geno Smith last week? Didn’t look so hot in that Pinstripe Bowl eh. There are some Russell Wilson type QBs in this draft, and I mean that in that we don’t really know what to expect.

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2013QB.php

    I like Boyd, Price, and Manuel but I don’t know how they’d perform on the next level. Kid from Syracuse and NC State are intriguing as well for mid round pickups.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I’ll take my lumps as the former campaign manager for the Geno Smith candidacy. I think I was a little overzealous with that one.

    It doesn’t seem like you and I are too far apart though. I’m not sure who will be the answer, but I’m fairly positive it isn’t Weeden. Hopefully, our new GM will be able to figure that out.

    It’s nothing against Weeden, per se. If he was 23, I’d be on board with seeing what happens, but he’s going to be 30 next season.

    The starting QBs for the Browns relaunch reads like a who’s who of projects, aged veterans, and undersized hopefuls. Just find “the guy.”

  • Kildawg

    I think our OL depth is good, above the league average. We had 4 of the 5 start all 16 games (Pinkston had the lung clot- non football injury), 2 of which have never missed a snap in their NFL careers. Greco is very serviceable as the 6th OL and Miller needs a bit more experience. Our biggest holes are in the secondary as Haden and Ward can’t do it all (a CB2 is most pressing of all). OLB and DE can be patched in later rounds if necessary.

  • Kildawg

    I guess Shurmur didn’t suck enough to land us a Top 5 (we’re picking 6th per ESPN). DON’T WASTE IT ON ANOTHER QB! Elite CB/OLB must be had with this pick, or trade down and get even more picks. Maybe a 2014 1st rd? Dallas or Jets might want our pick for a QB.

  • Kildawg

    Colt McCoy needs a real shot and Thad Lewis didn’t look too bad. As for a FA QB, stay as far away from Vick as you can get Banner.

  • BenRM

    I think it’s awesome that the Lions are still somehow worse than the Browns.

  • BenRM

    You mean, besides the other 20-odd games he started? Which are, ya know, more starts than Weeden has.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Very much agree… Jones’ talent as both a pass-rusher and coverage guy is a bit wasted as a 4-3 OLB. I like FSU’s Bjoern Werner for the Browns… that guy can really get after a QB and we need pass rush in a bad way. I actually think we’re okay at OLB. Gocong will be back next year and JMJ was developing nicely, as well as Craig Robertson.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Here is my best guess of the top 10 players selected in this draft if no trades happen, although I know some guys will rise and some guys will fall prior to the actual draft. This was just for fun.

    KC – OLB Jarvis Jones (if they stay with a 3-4 scheme, he is the quintessential 3-4 OLB… put him on the opposite side of Tamba Hali and that is a nightmare for opposing teams as Jones is elite both in coverage and rushing the passer).
    JAX – ILB Manti Te’o (they have a million needs, but this guy will immediately make their defense better)
    OAK – OT Luke Joeckel (the Raiders are so bad at LT, they have to address this. Palmer would be better if he had time to throw).
    PHI – OG Chance Warmack (I think they trade back. They need S, OG, C, or RT as Jason Peters will be back to solidify LT, but if they can’t then this might be the pick)
    DET – CB Dee Milliner (best defensive back on the board… this has to be the pick if they can’t trade back)
    CLE – DE Bjoern Werner (We gotta get a pass rusher. I think this guy is the best fit for a 4-3 DE as Mingo is too small. I could see Demontre Moore as the pick here as well)
    ARI – OT Taylor Lewan (worst OL in the league must be addressed, but so must QB… yuck)
    BUF – DE Demontre Moore (they have a lot of money invested in their defensive line, tough to imagine the pick being there, but that’s where the talent is at this spot in the draft… I suppose they could replace Mark Anderson at DE, but I could also see them making the risky Barkley or Geno Smith pick here)
    NYJ – QB Geno Smith (I think the Jets will reach here, but I’m not sure who they reach for… I think they realize they have to draft a QB as they don’t have money to get a FA QB, and we know they love to make headlines)
    TEN – DT Star Lotulelei (so many needs on OL and DL… gotta go best player on the board I think)

  • Jaker

    This looks good, but trades will happen, especially since there will not be any ridiculous asking prices for QBs

  • Jaker

    I would love to trade down. This is not the year to be drafting a QB in round 1, so lets help Dallas, Buffalo or the Jets make that mistake instead. Plus, we could still get a great defender after trading down and we can worry about QB in 2014 with our additional pick.

  • Jaker

    Add Demontre Moore after Werner. If none of them are available, we should trade down. We can still get a CB2 or DE later in the 1st.

  • Jaker

    Mike Vick in the Dawg Pound? Not good.

  • commonsense

    Alex Smith is the top realistic qb free agent(he needs to be released…and if Josh McDaniels is the coach, Tebow will be linked to cleveland. Remember, he was drafted by McDaniels in denver. Not a fan of Tebow, but just a thought to think about.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Oh I definitely agree. This was just for fun since we can’t really speculate on exact trades at this point.