Now that day one of the 2015 NFL Draft is finally upon us, the team here at Cleveland Sports Zone is ready to release their Cleveland Browns mock draft. For the sake of our sanity, there were no trades allowed in this mock draft–so this is what could happen if the Browns make all of their picks.
**Note, the participating members of this mock draft joining Founder of CSZ Bob Evans are the following:
**Co-Founder of Buckeye State Sports and CSZ Draft Contributor, Sam Ingro.
**Co-Host of the C-Town & Down Show and CSZ contributor, Dave Jack.
**CSZ Senior Writer, Garrett Mayers.
1 (12) – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (Pick by Ingro)
With Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins, the Browns seemingly have the deepest wide receiving core they have had since 2007 on the surface. While Bowe brings the name recognition, he also has not topped 1,000 yards since 2011 and is on the downside of his career. The Browns need to add an explosive playmaker to grow with whomever Cleveland decides to start next season at QB, and Parker has the ceiling to match the likes of elite division rivals A.J. Green and Antonio Brown.
1 (19) – Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (Pick by Mayers)
Even with the baby backs entering year two, the Browns need to bolster their offense with the anticipated QB play that will take place. First year offensive coordinator, John DeFillipo, will need all the help he can get.
The Browns are expected to run the ball quite a bit this season and a three headed monster with Gurley taking charge will be lethal for opposing defenses. The Browns don’t do it often, but they will be taking the best player available here. Quite frankly Gurley could be the best overall player in this draft, even at a devalued position.
2 (43) – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa (Pick by Jack)
Carl Davis would be a great fit for Cleveland. He has good size for his position (6’5” and 320 pounds) and uses his size well to command a double team. He isn’t a pass rusher, and won’t be confused for one, but would be a huge upgrade for a defense that struggled to stop the run.
3 (77) – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (Fla.) (Pick by Evans)
With the Browns adding Dansby and Kirksey last offseason, many think they are done addressing the ILB position. But if Perryman is available when they pick in the third round, do not be surprised if Farmer sees a future star. He may be undersized (5’11”) but he plays with a physicality level that is unmatched at the position.
4 (111) – Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin (Pick by Ingro)
A stout offensive tackle, Havenstein comes from the Wisconsin Lineman Factory and sets the Browns up for bookend Badger tackles for the next five years. A potential Day 1 starter, Havenstein is a people-mover that has the footwork of a true technician. Specializing in run blocking, he’s also efficient in pass blocking and could be a real steal at this stage in the draft.
4 (115) – Jesse James, TE, Penn State (Pick by Jack)
Despite adding Parker earlier and signing Rob Housler in free agency, the Browns land a big-time red zone threat in James. Standing 6’7″ with an 81″ wingspan and 37.5″ vertical, James has the ability to be a QB’s best friend on third downs and inside the 20-yard line.
5 (147) – Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan (Pick by Evans)
At some point in the draft a pure football player in every sense of the word is sitting there, and you just cannot pass him up. That is the case here with the Michigan product, as Ryan just has a knack for making big plays. Whether it is at OLB or ILB at the NFL level, Ryan is the type of player who is going to bring his lunch pail to work and embodies the “Play Like a Brown” mantra of this organization.
6 (189) – Cody Prewitt, S, Mississippi (Pick by Mayers)
The Browns currently have a great safety tandem (if Tashaun Gipson signs). What nobody is talking about is that with Whitner aging, there will need to be a contingency plan in place in case of an injury, or down the road, retirement.
A developmental prospect, Prewitt lays down some jarring hits. He has the potential to be feared by every receiver in the NFL due to his ability to stop receivers dead in their tracks. If his development pans out, it could be a very smooth transition for Whitner to hand over the reins to the position.
6 (202) – Kyle Emanuel, LB, North Dakota State (Pick by Ingro)
The Browns add to the pile of pass rushers at 202 by drafting Emanuel out of NDSU. A high-motor linebacker that played his career with his hand in the dirt, he’ll need to stand up in the NFL, but his aggressiveness and work ethic are sure to help ease that transition.
7 (229) – Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia (Pick by Mayers)
The Browns added a t0p flight receiver in Parker early, but they could still use some more depth. Even with Hawkins, Gabriel and Benjamin on the roster (with Bowe and Hartline), there can’t be enough speed.
Alford has top end speed running a 4.27 40 at the combine. He had 11 touchdowns this past season to lead West Virginia in that stat category, ahead of Kevin White. He is raw only having played the receiver position for two years. His speed makes him an asset in more than just the receiving game. He is a great offensive weapon to add to close out the draft.
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