April 17, 2014

2014 Mock Draft has Browns missing out on quarterbacks yet again

The Cleveland Browns will once again just miss out on a quarterback and select a skill player in the 2014 NFL Draft, says Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke.

In an entirely-too-early mock draft posted at SI.com, Burke has the Browns selecting fourth, representing a finish of roughly three or four wins in 2013. This said, the Orange and Brown are presently forecasted to miss out on the two quarterbacks slated to lead the pack at this time next year, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Clemson’s Taj Boyd. Instead, they address the wide receiver position with USC’s Marqise Lee.

“Lee is just 6-feet tall, so we’re not talking about a Calvin Johnson-type that’s going to win jump balls consistently,” writes Burke. “What Lee will do, though, is get open and make plays. He caught a whopping 118 passes last season for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. You’re looking at a Heisman frontrunner for 2013 and a player that could dramatically improve an NFL offense.”

If the Browns do finish among the five worst teams in the NFL, it will undoubtedly be due to poor play or a disastrous injury suffered by quarterback Brandon Weeden. Accumulating a slew of picks in 2013, it is widely expected that the Browns will attempt to trade up in the instance they are in need of a passer come next spring. If Boyd’s name rings a bell, it is because the Clemson star was slated to attend Ohio State but opted to go south once it appeared he would have to wait for Terrelle Pryor to finish his tenure with the team.

In 2012, with sure-fire quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III going first and second, respectively, the Browns picked third and selected running back Trent Richardson. Acquiring a third- and fourth-round selection this past weekend, the Browns will head into the 2014 NFL Draft with nine selections at their disposal.

[Related: WFNY weighs in on the Cleveland Browns’ 2013 draft]

 

 

  • dan

    Agree with 1, 3 and 5, particularly 1 and 5. With regard to point 4: If there’s one franchise QB in the draft, he’s going #1. If there are 2, they’ll go 1 and 2. If 3, 1, 2, and 3. Even on the off chance that a team with the first or second pick doesn’t need a quarterback, that team will do like the Rams and trade out with a team that does. The rookie wage scale makes this inevitable.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    I’d prefer to not miss out on Teddy Bridgewater. Love the dude from a talent and guts perspective. The Big East Title game he played in was nothing short of epic. Could barely walk or grip a ball and went out and took care of business. Love it.

  • mgbode

    in such a mock, we could still trade-up from our 2nd and get McCarron and have Lee as well. sign.me.up.

    anyways, I had thought Brett Hundley was a true freshman last year(apparently a red-shirt). Amazing that adding him to the mix then puts the list like this right now (my order, though many are very, very close):

    1. Bridgewater
    2. Boyd
    3. McCarron
    4. Hundley
    5. Manziel

    I think all 5 of those guys are 1st round material. So, if the Browns end up wanting a 2014 QB, then I think we will be able to get one.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Crud… I was really hoping the Browns would do better than 4th worst in the league this season. See you all next April.

  • BenRM

    Don’t worry, TooEarlyMockDraft 2.0 will have us reaching for “flavor of the month QB” who will, in reality, will slide into the 4th Round.

  • mgbode

    too late now, it’s set in stone with the SI mock ranking.

  • Kildawg

    Too early for 2014 mock drafts. Let’s at least start NFL preseason and college games first.

  • Jaker

    The Ryan Nassib effect

  • Andrew

    Can Barkley can go back to school and go back to being a top 5 pick?

  • MrCleaveland

    STOP IT! STOP IT THIS INSTANT! WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/cb.everett.9 CB Everett

    Come on. Let’s stop this utter nonsense and start working on our 2015 mock draft.

  • Natedawg86

    David Fales was good last year. It was San Jose State though.

  • Natedawg86

    please no…you want G NOOOOO smith too?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Tomorrow! ;-)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    “tank for clowney” let it begin!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Love me some TeddyB!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If McCarron brings Ms. Alabama Katherine Webb to town sign me UPPPP!

  • Natedawg86

    Who wins? Webb or Brittany Binger (Sizemore’s Fiance)

  • Natedawg86

    That started last Thursday.

  • Harv 21

    An assumption balanced precariously upon a wild guess teetering over rank speculation.Good stuff.

    But until the fog of a pro season, college season and free agency all clear I’m going with my gut … Geno the Smith.

  • http://twitter.com/Cortezoutlaw Jason Silvio

    SI is pretty bad, I prefer this one which bodes a much better season for Zee Browns http://walterfootball.com/draft2014.php

  • Harv 21

    They started it! Don’t blame us, we’re just Pavlov’s pooch.

  • Bryan

    Taj Boyd did make Ohio st scramble for a QB that year but if I’m not mistaking they got some guy named Kenny Guiton to sign late. I think he was pretty important for OSU last year vs Purdue.

  • mgbode

    Blackmon purposefully suspended to help JAX tanking efforts?

  • mgbode

    I’d like Barkley to go back to school just so his own team can beat him up

  • NoVA Buckeye

    Kenny G should be an UFA. Maybe the Browns should sign him instead of wasting a pick! ;)

  • Porkchop

    In 30 years when my grandkida are rifiling through the attic looking for a soccer ball, they’ll come across an old SI. Grampy? They’ll ask. Did people really spend this much time guesing who would play “that game” next year? Not just next year. I’ll say. But the year after that and the year after that as well!

  • Natedawg86

    Need someone to throw him the ball…

  • Wow

    Predicting draft order 4 months before a game is played? When did SI turn into ESPN?

  • Porkchop

    40 years as my grandchildren rifle through old boxes in the attic looking for a soccer ball, they’ll come across a Sports Illustrated.
    “Papi?” they’ll ask.
    “Why did you guys care who one of those football teams was going to ask to play for them a year later?”
    “Not only a year later, but we cared about who might play YEARS later”. I’ll respond.
    “Okay YEARS later, but why? Why did you care?” they’ll ask with looks of innocent confusion.
    “Our lives were very empty children, very empty and meaningless, and since residing in the present represented such a void, we attempted to move into the future that existed as pure theoretical potential.” I’ll explain.
    “We’re glad we play soccer!” They’ll say to each other as they bound down the stairs and into the great outdoors.

  • Porkchop

    “Get clowned for Clowney”?
    “Go the way of Morton Downey for Clowney”?
    “Take a poundy, for Clowney”?
    “Get beat into the groundy for Clowney”?
    I demand that from now on all top pick prospects have names that are easy to rhyme with synonyms for failure.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I know it doesn’t make too much sense, but I can’t find a way to stop myself from nicknaming him “Teddy KGB”. Can you help?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I love all of these, but maybe the easiest would just be “I’m down with Clowney”.

  • mgbode

    VP’s is better, but: “Gameday Frowney for Clowney”

  • Porkchop

    Wow! Didnt really need the extended version. You know you need sleep when you cant keep track of comment posts

  • mgbode

    so, in 40yrs you’ll be living in South America. I hear it’s nice there.

  • @TheDeePagel

    37 comments on a 2014 Browns mock draft on May 1st, 2013……

    19 comments on Indians hitting 7 homers in yesterday’s win….

    It’s definitely a Browns Town….

    Make it 38 comments…..and sign me up.