Top 10 possible picks for the Browns in 2014 NFL Draft

Nobody really knows what the Browns are going to do in the 2014 NFL Draft. If they tell you they know, they are lying.

Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. the draft kicks off at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and all questions surrounding what the Browns are going to do will be answered. 

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With that being said, here's 10 possible picks for the Browns in this year's draft:

  1. Jadeveon Clowney: South Carolina (6-foot-6, 266 pounds). Production fell off after spectacular sophomore season for defensive end. Finished last season with 11 1-2 tackles for loss and three sacks after getting 23 1-2 and 13 in 2012. Most talented and athletically gifted player in draft. Blazing fast for size. Moves fluidly. Plays with power, gets off line quickly and can chase down running backs from sideline to sideline. Some questions about playing with consistently high effort and he needs to develop more pass rushing technique. 
  2. Khalil Mack: Buffalo (6-3, 251). Four-year starter who became one of best linebackers in country. Last season had 10 1-2 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and scored two touchdowns. Potential every down linebacker with ability to be hellacious pass rusher and sideline-to-sideline force. Hard hitter and excellent athlete. Only knock was a few lackluster performances and at times he seemed to try too hard to make big plays.
  3. Johnny Manziel: Texas A&M (5-foot-11¾, 207 pounds). 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was one of most exciting and productive players in college football history. How well his game, which featured plenty of spectacular but unscripted plays out of the pocket, translates to NFL is big question. Mechanics and recognition of defenses need work and size is not ideal, but athleticism and competitiveness are enticing.
  4. Blake Bortles: UCF (6-5, 232). Blossomed into one of college football's best quarterbacks last year, leading Central Florida to the most successful season in the history of the program. Has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger because of his combination of size and mobility. Some questions about his ability to throw deep accurately after playing in an offense that featured many short passes and quick throws.
  5. Teddy Bridgewater: Louisville (6-2, 214). Three-year starter who took over as freshman and helped Louisville to consecutive double-digit win seasons in his final two years. Solid mechanics, reads field well, stays disciplined under pressure and has shown willingness to play hurt. Relatively small frame and lack of high-end arm strength are question marks which could keep him from being first quarterback taken.
  6. Sammy Watkins: Clemson (6-1, 211). Spectacular freshman and junior seasons, sandwiched around so-so sophomore year when he was hampered by suspension and injury. Clemson's career leader in receptions (240) and yards receiving (3,391). Big-time speed and good hands. Runs tough and with power after catch. There's not much to complain about, maybe better route running, but that goes for most receivers coming into NFL.
  7. Mike Evans: Texas A&M (6-5, 231). In two seasons playing with Manziel, Evans had 151 catches, 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns. Huge, Calvin Johnson-type receiver, though he doesn't quite have Megatron speed. Was nearly impossible for college cornerbacks to stop one-on-one on deep balls. Lack of separation speed is likely difference between him being first receiver off board and second or third. But he shouldn't have to wait long.
  8. Greg Robinson: Auburn (6-5, 332). Two-year starter at left tackle who became dominant player as junior last year. Checks all boxes with size, athleticism and power. Potential top-five pick, though pass blocking technique needs some work.
  9. Jake Matthews: Texas A&M (6-5, 308). Son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Became starter during freshman season. Played right tackle as sophomore and junior and moved to left as senior after Luke Joeckel moved on to NFL. Strong and technically sound. Only question: will be a top-notch pro or merely good?
  10. Taylor Lewan: Michigan (6-7, 309). Started 39 games at left tackle in final three seasons at Michigan and was team captain. Good balance, speed and quickness. Needs to fill out in lower body. Not an overpowering blocker.

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