Cleveland Browns 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-up

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Browns fans cheer after Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) is selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What Was Predicted Before the Draft To be honest, everything and anything was predicted for the Browns, considering that they had the 4th and 26th picks in the draft. Many were saying that they would select Johnny Manziel number four and then an offensive guard (perhaps Su’a-Filo). Even some were saying they would pick up an offensive tackle with their 4th pick and then pick up a QB at 26th, maybe Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater if they were still on the board. Here is what I had to say about the Browns’ draft position: “What we know is that the Browns are definitely going to keep Brian Hoyer around. With that said I think they most definitely need some offensive linemen as well as some receiving prospects. With that said, they could possibly select offensive tackle Greg Robinson from Auburn, or even Sammy Watkins out of the University of Clemson. It will be definitely interesting to see how the Browns will act. Cleveland this off-season has surprisingly made some good pickups in free agency, including former 49ers’ Strong Safety Donte Whitner. Last season, the Browns were ranked a pretty decent 8th in opposing passing yards (221.1 passing yards allowed per game), however they still allowed 28 passing touchdowns to opposing QBs along with 25.4 points per game (ranked 23rd). With the addition of Whitner to the Browns, Cleveland will be getting a solid tackler, hitter and most importantly a great pass defender (Whitner averaged 89.5 total tackles, 66.25 solo tackles and 8.5 passes defended per season to go along with 6 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles in the past 4 seasons as a part of the Bills and Niners). Watch out AFC North, Whitner is bringing his west-coast style of defense and will be hitting hard every single play. As well, the Browns added Ben Tate which should go and give the Browns the running back that they were searching for all season long. ”

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