Cleveland gets a bad rep but this is actually a team that I think has been on the come up since drafting Joe Haden, who will eventually become the cornerstone of their defense. Their offense right now is actually pretty stout after adding Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon last year. All Cleveland needs to do is find a franchise QB and build that defense up and they’ll be better equipped to compete in the AFC’s toughest division.
Round 1 – Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU – The perfect pass rusher for the browns brand new 3-4 defense. Also is a bit raw, but a team implementing a new defense may be beneficial to this type of player since everyone on the defense will be learning and adapting to it together. Also, Cleveland, who doesn’t have a 2nd round pick can possibly pick up a pretty penny in draft picks trading down to the teens to make this pick.
Sleeper – Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee – The Cleveland Browns can correct last year’s mistake of drafting Brandon Weeden in the first with drafting his eventual replacement way back in the 3rd or 4th this year. Tyler Bray is known to have one of the best cannons of the QBs in the draft (is probably top 2 with Tyler Wilson) and has the potential to compete and beat out Brandon Weeden. He didn’t win as much as you’d like in college, but was one of the bright spots at QB in the SEC his junior year. Like most the QBs in the draft, this is a gamble with the best case scenario getting yourself a Jay Cutler and the worst case scenario getting yourself a great developmental backup for the already 28 year old rookie, Weeden. Either way, it still may be worth an early 3rd round pick from the Browns.