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Fan Mock Draft: Whom should the Browns select No. 26 overall?

Cleveland is on the clock.

It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Cleveland Browns are on the clock.

The new regime in Cleveland made some waves in free agency with the signings of running back Ben Tate, safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Karlos Dansby and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Now, the Browns, who have 10 picks in May’s NFL Draft, must find players who can contribute right away.

With three picks (Nos. 4, 26 and 35) in the first 35 selections, the fans have general manager Ray Farmer making a splash by selecting Johnny Manziel at No. 4. Do the Browns look to give Manziel a weapon that he can grow old with?

First-year head coach Mike Pettine could also lobby to add a dynamic defender to an ascending unit. So, whom will the Browns select with the No. 26 overall pick? 

1. Houston Texans select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney

2. St. Louis Rams select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins

3. Jacksonville Jaguars select Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles

4. Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel

5. Oakland Raiders select Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack

6. Atlanta Falcons select Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans

8. Minnesota Vikings select Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr

9. Buffalo Bills select Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews

10. Detroit Lions select UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr

11. Tennessee Titans select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

12. New York Giants select Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald

13. St. Louis Rams select Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan

14. Chicago Bears select Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

15. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert

16. Dallas Cowboys select Auburn defensive end Dee Ford

17. Baltimore Ravens select Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin

18. New York Jets select North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron

19. Miami Dolphins select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks

20. Arizona Cardinals select Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio

21. Green Bay Packers select Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley

22. Philadelphia Eagles select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor

23. Kansas City Chiefs select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

24. Cincinnati Bengals select Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

25. San Diego Chargers select Notre Dame DT Louis Nix

Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller

Fuller has been a bit of a late riser, but talent evaluators were well aware of his skillset. The Virginia Tech product has a nice blend of size, balance and anticipates opposing receiver’s routes well. He can start opposite cornerback Joe Haden right away.

TCU CB Jason Verrett

At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Verrett might be the most polished cover cornerback in the draft. Some critics have pointed out that his size is a significant disadvantage, but Verrett isn’t concerned as he had success against big receivers in the Big 12.

USC WR Marqise Lee

Lee is a Biletnikoff Award winner (2012), and is one of the most explosive players in this draft. Despite a junior season hampered by injuries, Lee is a shifty receiver who can navigate through a defense and find open running lanes. While he didn’t show off immense straight-line speed in the 40-yard dash, Lee is known for his short-area quickness and lateral agility.

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro

While the Browns have a dynamic tight end in Jordan Cameron, he is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal. Amaro has a very good blend of size and speed coupled with tremendous ball skills. Stories about Amaro’s junior season (106 receptions, 1,352 yards and 7 touchdowns) will be told in Lubbock for quite some time.

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

A running back in the first round? It could happen. While the former regime acquired this pick by trading away Trent Richardson, Hyde is an exceptional ball carrier with good patience and quickness. Browns fans would be thrilled to keep Hyde in the Buckeye State.