FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns

With The Fifth Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Cleveland Browns Select...

4/14/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis.

First up is Ace Davis from his Cleveland Browns Weblog, with the Browns' #5 pick.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

The new Browns regime is necessarily cryptic, but their needs are as apparent as they are abundant. In rough order: SS (to replace Sean Jones), WR (Stallworth & Jurevicius), OLB (McGinest, Peek), ILB (Andra Davis), RB (Jason Wright), C/RG/RT, QB, CB, and DE. Head Coach Eric Mangini and GM George Kokonis seem geared toward accumulating draft picks. The Detroit Diva (WR Braylon Edwards) and one of the QBs (Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson) may very well be traded before or during the draft, so replacements at their positions would become an even higher priority.

The fifth pick is a high-stakes slot, and -- obligatory mock draft hedge alert! -- I'd be more comfortable trading down for an extra first-day pick. But that's unlikely (and impossible for a mock, anyway). So I'd consider USC quarterback Mark Sanchez (if it's Quinn who gets dealt), Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins as a cornerback or safety, or Texas tweener Brian Orapko, a potential pass rushing force. They each play positions where it's crucial to have a difference-maker. Except for the rare superlative talent (e.g. Tomlinson, Peterson), running backs need not and ought not be drafted this high.

Wide receiver is another critical position where teams must snatch up exceptional prospects whenever they can. Cleveland's best overall fit is this draft's premiere pass-catcher: Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree. If Edwards' exit is arranged, it becomes an absolute no-brainer. Even if he stays for another year or two, the Browns' current roster really has no viable starter at the other wideout. This two-time Biletnikoff Award winner is a physical, sure-handed weapon who has all the makings of an NFL #1 receiver. The stress fracture in his foot worries me some, as does his youth (just 21, a redshirt sophomore). But over the longer term -- two to five years, by NFL standards -- Crabtree will do some serious damage, making whoever is throwing him passes look all that much better.

Ace Davis has published Ace Davis' Cleveland Browns Weblog, the longest-running blog devoted to the Browns, since 2002.

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4/21/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Here is an interesting projection from Scouts, Inc. depending on which team drafts Crabtree.

Projections For Michael Crabtree

Team Role Rec Yd TD Yd/Rec
OAK 1 50 742 5 14.7
STL 1/2 45 699 5 15.6
SF 2 42 692 5 16.3
JAC 2 34 569 4 16.9
DET 2 35 558 3 15.9
CIN 2/3 37 503 3 13.5
KC 2 33 495 3 15.1
CLE 2 31 413 2 13.3
SEA 2/3 25 405 3 15.9
GB 3 22 357 2 16.4

 

 

We projected an expected role on each team based on current roster, and then it takes into account projected offensive level and schedule for each team. One note is that taller receivers like Crabtree actually tend to have a few fewer receptions than you might otherwise expect, needing a year to adjust to learning how to use their size against the better pro cornerbacks.

 

 

We've put here the expected role we figured for each team. Slash means somewhere between the two. Obviously this changes if, say, Oakland signs Plaxico Burress. But that's the team with a clear need at receiver and thus the best fit as a rookie.

4/16/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Ray_Gamma wrote:
 A waste?  Jamal Lewis isn't going to get us to the promised land. And it is not a homer pick. If there was a running back available with better pedigree I'd take him. Cleveland has yet to have a feature running back since re-inception.  I think it is pretty damned safe to say that if you are going anywhere in the AFC North, you need to have a formidable running game. You cannot keep shopping in the bargain basement for a RB. 

William Green FAIL  picked #16 overall in 2002

WR Andre Davis picked #33 2002 CLE

RB Clinton Portis picked #51 by Denver

Thanks Butch.  Don't tell me you didn't know he would be a stud, you recruited Portis to Miami! 



Wells is fine IF you pick him with the proper value by trading DOWN. Now if Mangini found a dance partner with say Denver and traded DOWN and got Wells (who btw, is a bit injury prone don't ya think) then that's pretty good. None of those defenses in the North are crazy fast, if the Browns HAVE to draft a RB I would pick McCoy out of Pitt.

4/16/09   |   Ray_Gamma   |   17 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
What a homer pick..Wells and the rest of the RB's in this draft are servicable..nothing more nothing less... A total waste of the fifth overall pick if they drafted Wells....not worry though, Mangini isn't that stupid.

 A waste?  Jamal Lewis isn't going to get us to the promised land. And it is not a homer pick. If there was a running back available with better pedigree I'd take him. Cleveland has yet to have a feature running back since re-inception.  I think it is pretty damned safe to say that if you are going anywhere in the AFC North, you need to have a formidable running game. You cannot keep shopping in the bargain basement for a RB. 

William Green FAIL  picked #16 overall in 2002

WR Andre Davis picked #33 2002 CLE

RB Clinton Portis picked #51 by Denver

Thanks Butch.  Don't tell me you didn't know he would be a stud, you recruited Portis to Miami! 



4/15/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Ray_Gamma wrote:
 I would take Chris "Beanie" Wells here. Hometown kid the fans can appreciate. And astonishingly ran a 4.4 40yd dash at OSU pro day. With his size and very solid speed this is the perfect AFC North RB for years to come.  I believe that Crabtree will underachieve in Cleveland. He doesn't play in the elements and apparently isn't terribly blazing fast. Put him in San Francisco, Jacksonville, or Carolina- May be a HOF WR. Hell, you can put him in Cincy even because Carson Palmer is what the definition of QB is IMO. Palmer makes him better. But putting Crabtree in CLE with a declining running game and against the 2 best Defenses in the NFL 4 times a year will hurt his psyche. 

Chris Wells   Running Back  The Ohio State University

What a homer pick..Wells and the rest of the RB's in this draft are servicable..nothing more nothing less... A total waste of the fifth overall pick if they drafted Wells....not worry though, Mangini isn't that stupid.

4/14/09   |   Ray_Gamma   |   17 respect

 I would take Chris "Beanie" Wells here. Hometown kid the fans can appreciate. And astonishingly ran a 4.4 40yd dash at OSU pro day. With his size and very solid speed this is the perfect AFC North RB for years to come.  I believe that Crabtree will underachieve in Cleveland. He doesn't play in the elements and apparently isn't terribly blazing fast. Put him in San Francisco, Jacksonville, or Carolina- May be a HOF WR. Hell, you can put him in Cincy even because Carson Palmer is what the definition of QB is IMO. Palmer makes him better. But putting Crabtree in CLE with a declining running game and against the 2 best Defenses in the NFL 4 times a year will hurt his psyche. 

Chris Wells   Running Back  The Ohio State University

4/14/09   |   Ray_Gamma   |   17 respect

DigitalSquire wrote:
 Yea ... with Mangini being an offensive guy ... its either Crabtree or Sanchez at this pick.

 I hope you're being facetious. Mangini definitely buttered his bread on the defensive side of the football.

4/14/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Crabtree makes all the sense in the world. They traded their most consistent receiver (Sgt. Kellen Winslow) and their current #1 wide receiver is just "wide" because he can't "receive" anything.  Get Crabtree.

4/14/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Now if only they had a QB to throw to him......

4/14/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Crabtree isn't too bad of a pick for them, but I would think that they would want to beef up thier defense with someone like Orakpo or Maybin.... I mean, they do play in a division where defense reigns supreme.

With Quinn and/or Anderson on the roster, picking Sanchez would be a horrenous mistake.  A waste of time, a draft pick and money..... if you don't need a franchise QB, then for f*cks-sake don't draft one in the top of the 1st round!!!

4/14/09   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

Mangini and Kokonis have made it abundantly clear that they want "their" guys in Cleveland.  If this approach continues they will be short a few more fans.

4/14/09   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

Crabtree is the choice...but only if Curry is gone.

4/14/09   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

DigitalSquire wrote:
 Yea ... with Mangini being an offensive guy ... its either Crabtree or Sanchez at this pick.

If the Browns draft the Dirty Dirty I am done with them

4/14/09   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

If Cleveland trades Braylon Edwards and Drafts Crabtree they still only have one WR...Crabtree.  Trading Braylon would be retarded.  So it looks like Braylon is gone!

4/14/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Yea ... with Mangini being an offensive guy ... its either Crabtree or Sanchez at this pick.

4/14/09   |   shox13191

In this mock draft this makes sense.  I think that he will be drafted earlier by the Chiefs.  He can be the big time reciever that I am sure Todd Haley wants.  I think that Todd Haley would really push for Crabtree as well.  Haley came in and didn't pull a Josh McDaniels and try to bring in his own star player and for that, I think he will be rewarded with this fine player.  If this were the case I have Cleveland taking Malcom Jenkins from THE Ohio State University.  Jenkins can easily find a niche in the Browns mediocre secondary.

4/14/09   |   texastea1958

Cleveland will take Brian Orakpo, from The University of TEXAS!!! Hell the Browns have to stop people too. Browns Offense should come around if they are able to make a QB decision hopefully they have some Sleeper talent on the O.

4/14/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

If Cleveland trades Braylon Edwards (which seems likely at this point) then this pick would make a lot of sense.  They may be asking too much for Edwards and be unable to trade him, but I think the Giants may bite on their offer.  Crabtree would be an excellent pick for them...that is if he doesn't get snatched up by the Detroit Lions.