NFL Mock Draft: Kiper And McShay Split On Browns Second Round Selections

Offense or defense? That is the question for the Cleveland Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft

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NFL Mock Draft: Kiper And McShay Differ Between Browns Taking WR or DE In The Second Round

With the second round pivotal to the future of the Cleveland Browns, both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. have released their mock drafts for the first half of Friday night before the third round kicks off.

The Browns' needs are well documented, and it isn't so much a question of IF they take a DE and a WR, but when. This is where McShay and Kiper disagree, as they often do. McShay has Da'Quan Bowers falling to Cleveland at 37, with Titus Young of Boise State coming with their other second round selection. Neither of these picks are surprising, and both make a lot of sense. By the same token, Kiper sees things in a similar light, but flipped.

The Godfather of the Draft thinks the Browns will reach in the second round to select Titus and target Justin Houston of Georgia. Kiper writes:

Houston is a great value this late in Round 2. He's a tweener but offers a lot of potential as a pass rusher.

Either of these scenarios seem positive for a team that desperately needs more help on the defensive line and a playmaker out wide.

But a lot relies on whether or not there will be a Fantasy Baseball Closer Rush on quarterbacks at the beginning of the second round from teams like Arizona and Cincinnati, as well as the looming, almost inevitable, deal that New England will make to trade the 33rd pick.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Rick Gosselin Has Cleveland Taking Julio Jones

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning Journal is typically known as one of the most accurate mock draft experts. He released his final NFL mock draft last night for the first round and he has the Cleveland Browns drafting wide receiver Julio Jones:

The Browns need a lead receiver to accelerate the development of QB Colt McCoy. Voila — Jones was a walk-in starter at Alabama, and he’ll be a walk-in starter at Cleveland. He averaged almost 15 yards per career catch. (Team needs: WR, CB, OT, DE)

Perhaps the biggest surprise in Gosselin’s mock draft is the fact that he has five quarterbacks being drafted within the first twelve picks! He also has defensive linemen Nick Fairley and Robert Quinn falling below projections, with Quinn falling all the way to No. 20 overall. He also had Bowers falling completely out of the first round. Could he be available when the Browns pick in round two?

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Browns Take Julio Jones in the ESPN Beat Writer's Mock

The ESPN beat writer’s mock draft took place today during the show’s live SportsCenter special, and it’s probably one of the better mock drafts you will find out there.

All of the guys making the picks have been covering their respective teams, and the guys are making educated guesses as to which players the teams will pick based on who is available from previous picks with no trades.

In this mock draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, who fits the West Coast system perfectly. Jones is becoming a very popular selection for the Browns since it seems that Georgia WR A.J. Green will likely be off the board.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Peter King's Mock Draft Has Browns Selecting WR Julio Jones

Well, many people expect the Cleveland Browns to strongly consider drafting a wide receiver with the sixth pick in the draft, but how often do you see Julio Jones’ name attached to that pick?

In his first mock draft of the offseason, SI.com reporter and NFL analyst Peter King has done just that. King’s mock draft has highly touted wide receiver A.J. Green going one pick before Cleveland (typical Browns luck) to the Arizona Cardinals, which was perhaps his most curious first round selection.

Jones is coming off of a foot injury that he either suffered or aggravated at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.39 second 40 yard dash. Jones is a big receiver who has drawn comparisons to Roddy White.

If the Browns are serious about adding a top tier receiver, they really cannot go wrong with either Green or Jones, both of whom tore up the SEC in their three years there. Some feel that both are top five picks anyway, so the Browns wouldn’t be missing out on a lot of value here.

If you want to see the rest of King’s mock draft, you can do so by following this link.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Kiper and McShay's Latest Projections

ESPN.com is having a bit of a mock draft party today with Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both revealing their latest three round projections.

Both analysts see the top five picks going the same (Newton, Dareus, Miller, Green, Gabbert) but they first differ when the Cleveland Browns are on the clock. Kiper sees the Browns taking Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, and McShay thinks they will take pass rusher Robert Quinn.

McShay’s analysis:

It appeared at one point that Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers would be a steal here but concerns about Bowers’ injured knee continue to increase. Quinn, meanwhile, is coming off a strong pro day workout, and while he’s not as stout against the run he offers significantly more upside than Bowers as a pass rusher. Adding an impact right defensive end like Quinn would be a great start for the Browns as they transition to a 4-3 defense.

Kiper had this to say in defense of his Julio Jones pick:

There are a lot of Browns fans probably hoping that Green falls to this spot, but if Jones is the one available, he’s an outstanding consolation prize. His size and speed combination is the best in the draft at the position, and his development as a wideout over the past year shows a determination and work ethic that will be loved by the coaching staff. The Browns need a true No. 1 at wide receiver, and if healthy, Jones can be that guy. A gifted athlete, he blocks as hard as he runs routes. Great when healthy, still really good when battling through pain.

Personally, I think the better of the two selections is the Robert Quinn pick. Quinn has excellent ability rushing the passer, and likely would be a top three pick had he not been suspended this past year.

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Cleveland Browns Slated For Big Week Next Week With Top Prospect Visits

When trying to decide who to place in your mock drafts for the Cleveland Browns, there are a few names that are constantly considered. Some think it will be Da’Quan Bowers, some think a quarterback, and some even think the Browns will spend their prime choice on a wide receiver.

Whatever your personal preference, the Browns are lining up pre-draft visits and workouts with players, and next week is going to be a huge week in that regard. The Browns will host Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller next Monday, and will bring in Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday.

The Browns are implementing a new coaching staff and thus a new defensive scheme, and it’s been speculated that Bowers might be the best strong-side defensive end prospect available in this year’s crop of players. Miller is known for his incredible athleticism and pass rushing abilities, and would likely be the strong-side linebacker in the Browns’ 4-3 alignment.

Newton, on the other hand, is one of the more controversial players in the draft, though some believe it’s not for very good reason. Newton’s antics off the field have scared some scouts and analysts but he has drawn rave reviews throughout the pre-draft process.

The Browns have yet to schedule a private workout with Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, which may or may not surprise some people. Green is often mocked to the Browns with the sixth pick, and they certainly have time to coordinate a visit if they still want to.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Fairley and Robert Quinn Emerging for Browns?

I just recently started making my most recent mock draft, and two new names popped up as candidates for me with the Cleveland Browns’ top draft pick. Right now, I am fairly confident that they are not going to take A.J. Green with the sixth overall pick. If they are going to take Green, I think it will likely be in a trade down scenario.

By the time the Browns pick at six, I think you will see Marcell Dareus, one of the top defensive tackles already off the board, whether it’s to Carolina, Denver, Buffalo, or any of the top five teams.

That leaves the Browns with options in Nick Fairley, Da’Quan Bowers, and Robert Quinn to upgrade their defensive line and pass rush. With Bowers’ knee injuries and lack of explosion, I think they may look to pass on him with this pick and take either Fairley or possibly even Richard Quinn.

Now, Bowers remains an option for Cleveland, of course, as well as Green, this is just how I think it could go.

Robert Quinn recently showed excellent athleticism at the North Carolina pro day, and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he has “rare and elite skills” for the defensive end position. I personally believe Quinn is the top pass rushing end in the entire draft, and he would instantly upgrade the Cleveland defense.

Fairley is a bit rough around the edges, but is probably the best penetrating defensive tackle in the draft and should be an instant impact player in the NFL.

In my personal mock draft, I went with Fairley. I think he could be great value at six overall, and an excellent pick for the Browns.

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Todd McShay's Latest Mock Has the Browns Taking Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers

Todd McShay is a very popular NFL Draft analyst, so when he speaks, people tend to listen. In his latest mock draft (only available to ESPN Insiders) he has the Cleveland Browns selecting Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

To me, Bowers is an impressive prospect. To this point, we’ve seen the Browns take anyone from A.J. Green to Robert Quinn, but getting Bowers would be a pretty nice steal.

As McShay notes, Dick Jauron is now leading the Cleveland defense, and his 4-3 style of play will require a dominant pass rusher at defensive end (what defense wouldn’t love that?). The biggest question mark surrounding Bowers right now is his surgically repaired meniscus, which is causing some scouts major concerns.

Playing most of the year on a partially torn meniscus, Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks and had more than 25 tackles for a loss. His impressive season shot him up draft boards, but right now his knee is a pretty large concern. If he was fully healthy, he could be a lock for the top two picks. If not, he is a nice steal here for the Browns. Here is McShay’s analysis:

New defensive coordinator Dick Jauron is leading the transition to a 4-3 scheme and needs to find the proper personnel along the front seven, and finding a traditional 4-3 end is a top priority this offseason. Bowers is an ideal fit, with the power, quickness an instincts to be an every-down end in the NFL. He might fall this far only because of lingering concerns about recent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, but if the Browns can get Bowers they will certainly be happy.

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Latest SB Nation Mock Draft Has Browns Taking UNC DE Robert Quinn

In the latest SB Nation Mock Draft writer Brian Galliford has the Cleveland Browns selecting former North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn.

6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina. In order to take Quinn, a team is going to need to be comfortable with the brain tumor he’s played with since high school. As the Browns shift to the 4-3 under Dick Jauron, however, Quinn is the type of building block that the Browns lack.

Robert Quinn, in my opinion, is one of the best pass rushers in this draft. When you watch him on tape, he gets around the edge so quickly, has long arms, and what so many people lack in college right now is the ability to finish well. Quinn has that ability. At the age of 19, he had 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss for the Tar Heels, and was simply a dominant player.

At 6’5" 265 pounds, he has the size to develop into a fantastic pass rusher, and would fit in right away for the Browns as the strong-side defensive end. Quinn has great quickness, but the biggest concern with him right now is the fact that he missed all of the 2010 season after being dismissed from the team for accepting improper benefits from an agent.

Quinn, as Galliford mentioned, also has some health concerns with a brain tumor he battled in high school. If he checked out at the Combine, you should see him off the board in the top 10-12 picks. He is extremely skilled.

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NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Sees Green In Cleveland Browns Future

ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper released his latest Mock Draft(INSIDER NEEDED) this morning and there were a few surprises ahead of the Cleveland Browns in the Top-5. Kiper had the Carolina Panthers reaching for QB Blaine Gabbert, a situation that could throw the entire draft into a frenzy, especially if the is a CBA and teams can once again trade players and picks.

Here’s a look at the Top-5:

1. Carolina Panthers – QB Blaine Gabbert
2. Denver Broncos – DT Nick Fairley
3. Buffalo Bills – DT Marcell Dareus
4. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Cam Newton
5. Arizona CardinalsOLB Von Miller

That brings us to the Browns, who have needs at wide receiver and along the defensive line. With Patrick Peterson on the board the Browns would have to be tempted, right? Same thing with Da’Quan Bowers sitting there in front of them.

Kiper’s selection? The Browns need playmakers on offense and A.J. Green from Georgia might be the best receiver available:

Green answered all the necessary questions at the NFL combine, checking in just a hair under his listed 6-foot-4, with a 211-pound frame that could easily take on a little more weight, and his 4.48 speed in the 40 was solid given his size. In Green you have a player with the profile of an immediate impact talent at wide receiver, and a solution on the outside in Cleveland, where they are desperate for a true No. 1 wideout. He’s a perfect fit, and it’s hard to imagine the Browns passing on him if he’s around. (Especially if they ask Colt McCoy for an opinion.)

Hard to argue, but with so much defensive talent still on the board – at least in Mel’s mock draft – the Browns may be better served to go that direction.

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In Mile High Report Mock, Browns Trade Down, Get Georgia WR AJ Green

In Mile High Report’s official community mock draft, which features representatives from all over the community, the Cleveland Browns made the first big trade of the draft and swapped spots with the Minnesota Vikings, who hold the 12th selection in the draft.

General Manager Idaho Nate was thrilled to find out that one of the top players in the entire draft slipped through the cracks.

When the Washington Redskins surprised everyone and made Julio Jones the first wide receiver selected, Green’s Crabtree-like fall ended at no. 12 overall with Cleveland, who were elated to select him.

Not only was Cleveland’s mock GM able to acquire extra picks for the draft, they were also able to nab what has to be assumed as their top target in the whole process.

From GM Idaho Nate:

We are thrilled to get AJ Green at #12! We felt Green was the best WR in the draft and he was #1 on our board. We think that Colt McCoy has a very bright future in the NFL and we knew we needed to provide Colt with a dangerous playmaker on the outside. AJ Green definately fits that bill.

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