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