Final call at #4 – Who are the Browns going to take?
Enough of this speculation, the time has finally come to make my official prediction regarding who the Cleveland Browns will choose with the fourth overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft. Clearly, they can go a myriad of directions but they need a impactful playmaker who can excel over a long period of time.
Again, the ideal scenario is that the franchise secures their signal caller at number four and can worry about other positions for years to come. However, I’m buying into (which could turn out to be erroneous) the hype that the Browns will wait to take their quarterback. Therefore, that reduces my options to just two players.
On the offensive side of the football, wide receiver has become the second most important position – after the quarterback. Despite featuring one of the best in the league (at this spot) in Josh Gordon, the team could still use another guy in the huddle to put fear in their opponent. That guy is Sammy Watkins; the dynamic standout from Clemson. He is not as tall as Gordon (just under six-feet, one-inch), but his skill set – which features break-away speed – is very complementary.
Defensively, terrorizing quarterbacks is the name of the game. Some have argued that Jadeveon Clowney may not be the best pass rusher available in this draft – that distinction lies with Khalil Mack. He has tremendous measurables (six-feet, three-inches and 248 pounds) while flashing brilliance last season. Would the team take a guy in the same position as they did in 2013? Is passing on Mack a wise idea? The defender’s presence could really help transform this franchise.
I understand the receiving crop is very deep, but my gut feeling is that the Browns will take Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall selection. The thought of him, Gordon, Andrew Hawkins, Ben Tate, and Jordan Cameron makes me smile. This might be the most talented offense the Cleveland Browns have had since probably the 1980s. Obviously, they have to still have to put it together on the field – but I would be willing to roll the dice with these athletes.
Conclusion: The two additional weeks of draft chatter has been mind-numbing, and I am thankful it is coming to an end. I may not be correct in my prediction, but getting Watkins would be great for this organization. However, trading down or choosing a quarterback early would not surprise me in the least. The offense has sputtered greatly for a long period of time; Watkins could make life easier for Hoyer and any other quarterbacks on this roster