The first round will be held on Thu, May 8, 2014, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT.
As of Thu morning, May 8 before any possible wheeling and dealing, the Browns have "three of the first 35 selections and five of the first 85."
Cleveland's #26 pick in the first round came from the Indianapolis Colts when the Browns traded RB Trent Richardson to the Colt's for Indy's 1st round draft pick in 2014. On draft day, the Browns made a deal with Philly, so that the Browns could move up from 26 to 22.
Draft Order and Picks
|1||Houston Texans||Jadeveon Clowney* DE S Carolina|
|2||St. Louis Rams (from Washington)||Greg Robinson OT Auburn|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Blake Bortles QB UCF|
|4||Buffalo Bills trade up with Cleveland||Sammy Watkins WR Clemson|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Evans WR Texas A&M|
|8||Cleveland Browns trade down with Buffalo who had no 9 and then traded up with MN.||Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St|
|9||Minnesota Vikings traded down from 8 with Cle||Anthony Barr OLB UCLA|
|10||Detroit Lions||Eric Ebron TE N Carolina|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Taylor Lewan OT Michigan|
|12||New York Giants||Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh|
|14||Chicago Bears||Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Zack Martin OT Notre Dame|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||C.J. Mosley LB Alabama|
|18||New York Jets||Calvin Pryor S Louisville|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee|
|20||New Orleans Saints moved up from 27 by trading with Arizona||Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama|
|22||Cleveland Browns moved up from 26 by trading with Philadelphia||Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Dee Ford DE Auburn|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Jason Verrett CB TCU|
|26||Philadelphia Eagles moved down from 22 by trading with Cleveland||Marcus Smith LB Louisville|
|27||Arizona Cardinals moved down from 20 by trading with New Orleans||Deone Bucannon S Washington State|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State|
|29||New England Patriots||Dominique Easley DT Florida|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois|
|31||Denver Broncos||Bradley Roby CB Ohio State|
|32||Minnesota Vikings move up from second round by trading with Seattle||Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisvillef|
* Denotes draft-eligible non-senior
+ means not listed on Scouts Inc's Top 32
Top 32 Rated Players
SCOUTS INC.'S TOP 32 rated players, pre-draft, as of May 8, 2014:
Player Pos. School Grade
1. Jadeveon Clowney* DE S Carolina 98
2. Greg Robinson OT Auburn 97
3. Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo 96
4. Sammy Watkins* WR Clemson 96
5. Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M 95
6. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 94
7. Mike Evans* WR Texas A&M 94
8. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 94
9. Zack Martin OT Notre Dame 93
10. O. Beckham Jr.* WR LSU 93
11. Eric Ebron* TE N Carolina 92
12. Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St 92
13. H. Clinton-Dix* S Alabama 92
14. C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama 92
15. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech 92
16. Morgan Moses OT Virginia 92
17. Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State 92
18. Blake Bortles* QB UCF 91
19. Brandin Cooks* WR Oregon St 91
20. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St 91
21. Calvin Pryor* S Louisville 91
22. Johnny Manziel* QB Texas A&M 90
23. Jason Verrett CB TCU 90
24. Marqise Lee* WR USC 90
25. Anthony Barr OLB UCLA 90
26. Bradley Roby* CB Ohio State 89
27. Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame 89
28. T. Bridgewater* QB Louisville 89
29. Dee Ford DE Auburn 89
30. J. Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech 89
31. Joel Bitonio OT Nevada 89
32. Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama 88
* Denotes draft-eligible non-senior
Tony Grossi Mock Draft
Grossi's final mock draft, published on May 8, 2014:
This final mock also extends to the Browns’ pick in the second round, No. 35 overall. I picked a cornerback there solely based on need. It would be voided if one is selected earlier after a trade.
1. Houston: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Highest pick ever for a pass rusher off a three-sack season.
2. St. Louis: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Trade down is still possible.
3. Jacksonville: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
After much debate, they turn to the surest offensive playmaker.
4. Cleveland: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
He is Mike Pettine’s personification of playing ‘like a Brown.’
5. Oakland: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
It’s possible this player could draw trade action.
6. Atlanta: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
If no trade with Browns, Falcons would settle for third-best OT.
7. Tampa Bay: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Coach Lovie Smith solidifies his defensive front.
8. Minnesota: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
In the end, head coach Mike Zimmer turns to defense.
9. Buffalo: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
QB EJ Manuel can throw it up and let him get it.
10. Detroit: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
I can’t leave now. The only pick I never changed in 12 mocks.
11. Tennessee: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Didn’t Ken Whisenhunt shepherd in Ben Roethlisberger as a rookie?
12. N.Y. Giants: OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Late, great former GM George Young is smiling down on this selection.
13. St. Louis: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Prime spot for Browns trade-up from No. 26 if they didn’t trade earlier.
14. Chicago: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
At very least, takes over immediately for Devin Hester as kick returner.
15. Pittsburgh: CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Depth at wide receiver in this draft swings pick to cornerback.
16. Dallas: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Jerry Jones can’t resist. Nor should he.
17. Baltimore: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Trade down possible here because Ozzie Newsome sees a few players he’d take.
18. NY Jets: WR Odell Beckham, Louisiana State
Third-best wideout falls in place for them.
19. Miami: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Offensive line rebuild has been their offseason theme.
20. Arizona: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Unexplained drop for athletic playmaker at tight end.
21. Green Bay: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Packers need speed upgrade on defense.
22. Philadelphia: WR Marqise Lee, Southern California
Chip Kelly is well aware of him from his Oregon encounters.
23. Kansas City: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Best available receiver.
24. Cincinnati: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Bengals take a quarterback in the second round.
25. San Diego: CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Chargers aren’t put off by his lack of height.
26. Cleveland: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
If they can’t or don’t move up, Ray Farmer’s top QB will back up Brian Hoyer.
27. New Orleans: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Saints coach beats Jaguars and Patriots to the punch.
28. Carolina: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Cam Newton can play that high-wire passing game with this towering receiver.
29. New England: DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
As usual, Bill Belichick’s pick will be hailed as brilliant.
30. San Francisco: DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Plenty of picks give 49ers room to take chances.
31. Denver: OG Xavier Su’a-filo, UCLA
Absolute priority to keep inside pressure off Peyton Manning.
32. Seattle: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Now that he’s arrived, QB Russell Wilson always has to be supported.
33. Houston: QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
Texans balk at parking another Carr in their garage.
34. Washington: OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada
Draft pick-deprived Redskins are desperate to trade Kirk Cousins.
35. Cleveland: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice
Only if a CB isn’t taken with first two picks.
My boring notes
I wish the Browns would draft Manziel. It would be good theatre this summer. And at least Manziel played well against good competition. He didn't pad his stats only against weak teams like Brady Quinn.
Grossi's hilarious comment about DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina who may go first in the draft: "Highest pick ever for a pass rusher off a three-sack season."
In my opinion, quarterback and wide receiver are the top two positions that receive special treatment from NFL rules. It's a scoring league. In the first round, especially for the first 10 picks, I would focus on players who receive special treatment from the NFL rules.
It seems St. Louis will stay with Sam Bradford for QB. The Browns could use another top-flight receiver. It's suppose to be wide receiver-laden draft, which means teams drafting near the bottom of the first round, like Cleveland's second pick, will have a chance to draft a quality receiver.
Will the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens draft receivers in the first round?
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