What If: Examining a Mock Draft Part 1

Updated: May 4, 2015
WHat if the Browns did trade up for Mariota?

A few weeks ago, members of the forum conducted a mock draft for all 32 teams.  Members selected a team and drafted according to team needs and value, writing rational for each pick.  In Part 1 of this article, we will examine where the actual Browns draftees went in the mock draft, and what Browns fans had to say about the players before they were a part of the Browns family:

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer, left, stands with Browns first-round draftees Danny Shelton, second from left, and Cameron Erving, second from right, and Browns head coach Mike Pettine, right, at a news conference in Berea, Ohio, Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer, left, stands with Browns first-round draftees Danny Shelton, second from left, and Cameron Erving, second from right, and Browns head coach Mike Pettine, right.  (AP Photo/Phil Long)


The Mock Draft nailed Danny Shelton at pick #12… but not to the Browns.  The mock allowed for trades, and ajz20 felt the Browns should pull the trigger on a Marcus Mariota trade up.  How did that scenario leave the Browns?  Well, that is the subject of Part 2.

JMcCurry08 had the following to say about Shelton:

 Dick LeBeau is running the defense in Tennessee and it needs upgrades all over the place….they resigned Derrick Morgan and signed Brian Orakpo to be their pass rushers, Jurell Casey is a good DT but the other DT spot needed an upgrade. Shelton is gonna be a force on the defensive line stopping the run and creating pressure in the middle forcing teams to potentially double team him which will allow Morgan and Orakpo to attack the QBs in LeBeau and DC Ray Horton’s defense.

As for the real Browns #19 pick, dkbldev saw Cameron Erving lasting until the Colts for pick at #29:

Center is a weak position for the Colts and Erving would be an instant upgrade. Another plus is that Erving could slide over in the line if needed. Armstead was considered here but protection for your franchise quarterback is always a priority. 

While the real life Browns traded around and took Nate Orchard at #51, Duke Johnson at #77, Xavier Cooper at #96, and Ibraheim Campbell at #115, the forum mock draft had these picks as a bit of a reach.

Nate Orchard does his Michael Jordan impression at the combine.

The mock draft saw the Jaguars represented by Sly take Orchard at pick #67, calling him a Trent Cole type player: Teams will either be wary of Orchard’s single season of sack dominance or they will view it as an indicator of growth and potential stardom. Orchard will be below average against the run, but his draft grade and paycheck will be tied to his athleticism and pass-rush talent. If he can develop counter moves, he has big potential. If not, he might be nothing more than a middling, situational pass rusher.

Member Amhurstcavsfan served as a one man Duke Johnson pep rally weeks before the draft, drafting him at #70 for the New York Jets: One of the most explosive runners in college football during his time at Miami, Johnson doesn’t need much of a crease to make defenses pay. His explosive quickness and elusiveness should help him adapt quickly to NFL speed. His feel and courage as a one-cut runner should earn him instant playing time. Johnson’s lack of pass-protection skills and concerns about his durability could force him into a committee situation. He’s perfectly suited for a role as a zone-scheme back.  For myself, Johnson was one of the most impressive backs I’ve seen from this draft. He is a dynamic runner who gets the yards he needs and some. He’s got break away speed and is a good pass catcher. With a few minor tweaks, he’s the every down sledgehammer that the Jets need.

By pick #133, Cooper and Campbell were still undrafted.  Perhaps this was a sign that Browns fans didn’t think as highly of these players as the actual Browns front office.  Fans in the forum did think highly of future late round cornerbacks Charles Gaines of Louisville (Browns pick #189) and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Browns pick 241).

Phills14 took Gaines, the converted former wide receiver, in the late fourth round, 127 overall to the Cowboys: Field corner in college who plays with a great deal of confidence and alertness, processing with above-average instincts. Looks for chances to jump telegraphed throws. Gaines has a thinner frame than desired and will have teams running at him to see if he’ll come up and tackle. His cover skills underneath are near the top of this draft class, but he gave up a few open looks on deep balls and that could cause concern for NFL teams.  Dallas needs more help in the secondary. They got a steal in Randall in the 2nd round and now they pick up a capable CB in the 4th. 

Die-hard Chiefs fan Walter White wanted the Ducks cornerback Ekpre-Olomu at #98 overall, reasoning:  Cornerback is sort of a major need for the Chiefs now, especially since Sean Smith will be suspended a few games and is the only decent CB we have. And he will be a free agent next year. There were many CB’s I debated on picking, but at this point I like the potential of Ekpre-Olomu and think he could be a great player. 

So as the pundits continue to call some of the Browns draft picks solid if unspectacular, we can see the differences lining up with expectations and reality.  As some second day prospects underwhelmed compared to where many websites saw players drafted, the Browns found some coveted value in the final rounds.  Sometimes it is easier as a Browns fan to be critical of what happens in the front office, but this mock draft experiment often illustrated the wide variance in personal opinions on college players.

Read more of the website’s mock draft here: http://realcavsfans.com/community/index.php?threads/2015-rcf-nfl-mock-draft-rounds-1-and-2-patriots.45591/

Here:  http://realcavsfans.com/community/index.php?threads/2015-rcf-mock-draft-end-of-round-3.45669/

And here: http://realcavsfans.com/community/index.php?threads/on-the-clock-round-4-of-the-2015-rcf-nfl-mock-draft-denver.45721/

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