If I’m Browns G.M. Ray Farmer and I believe that Marcus Mariota is indeed a franchise quarterback and is far better than any quarterback who will, or may be available in next year’s NFL Draft then I trade up to get him! Even if it means over paying for him.
I’m not saying I think Mariota is a franchise QB, because I don’t.
I’m saying if Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine and first year quarterback’s coach Kevin O’Connell, who was Mariota’s quarterback’s coach leading up to his pro day and the NFL Combine feel the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner is the real deal, then who cares what anybody else thinks, go get your QB!
Having said that, it I’m the Browns I’m keeping picks #12 and #19 and filling two HUGE needs on this football team.
At #12 the Browns, if any of these three wide receivers are left, should draft Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker. All three players would give the Browns passing game a much needed boost with size and speed on the outside and a nice target in the redzone! Any one of them would help whoever is playing quarterback for Cleveland in 2015.
At #19 the Browns need to find some help at stopping the run. If either of these defensive linemen are available then Ray Farmer shouldn’t waste any time in turning in one of their names to commissioner Roger Goodell at the podium – Danny Shelton or Malcom Brown. Neither is a sexy pick, but Shelton or Brown would help immediately in containing the opposition’s ground attack and from their dead last ranking out of all 32 teams last year, the Browns are in dire need of that run stopper!
If all three of the above mentioned wide outs are gone at #12, then the Browns should draft Danny Shelton or Malcom Brown there and then take the best available wide receiver at #19.
Possible candidates there could be: Breshad Perriman, Jaelen Strong, Sammie Coates or Devin Smith from the Ohio State University. Smith would be considered a reach at #19, but he probably won’t be around at #43 in the second round when the Browns pick. So if you’re looking for someone to take the top off of opposing defenses in the passing game and for a standout special team’s gunner, then reaching that high for Smith would be the way to go.