To phrase it as lightly as possible, it has been an interesting offseason for the Cleveland Browns. Gone -- in widely criticized fashion -- are Joe Banner, Michael Lombardi and Rob Chudzinski. Ray Farmer is now in charge of the football operation, and Mike Pettine is the head coach, even though Farmer was reportedly not involved in the meetings held to make the decision to hire Pettine.
With all of that settled, the question now becomes whether or not the Browns will address their long-suffering quarterback position with either of their two first-round picks. Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature is here to make the first of those picks, and it's not a signal-caller.
|4. Browns||Greg Robinson, Auburn||OT||6'5||332||SO|
"The shocker for the Browns in this scenario is that the Rams selected Johnny Manziel. Cleveland fans' desire for Manziel has really started to gain traction over the past month or two, so not being able to secure him or Teddy Bridgewater would be a disappointment. Blake Bortles and Derek Carr would be under consideration by default because they play quarterback, but there isn't as much value at No. 4 overall with those picks.
Greg Robinson would be a bold choice for the Browns, but one who could make sense long-term. It would undoubtedly give the Browns the best offensive tackle situation in the NFL for at least several more years, and Mitchell Schwartz could move inside to solidify the guard position. If the Browns can't retain Alex Mack in 2015, they will have at least strengthened another position on the line to alleviate the blow from Mack's departure. Sammy Watkins would also be an entertaining pick here, but the wide receiver class is deep enough for someone good to be there at No. 26 or No. 35."
Dan Kadar, our beloved NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Browns' mock draft pick of Robinson:
The Browns' first pick in the draft this year could go a long way in determining what type of team they're building. If Cleveland goes with a quarterback or Watkins here, that could be indicative of the offense being more passing-based. If a player like Robinson is the choice, the expectation could be the team is leaning toward more of a run-based offense with free agent running back Ben Tate. The fourth pick wouldn't be much of a reach for Bortles, though. For teams that don't have a franchise one, quarterbacks have an inflated value. He or Watkins make plenty of sense for the Browns. But so does Robinson, who would make the offensive line the strength of the offense.
|3||Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||6'5||305|
|7||Mike Evans||WR||Texas A&M||6'5||225|
|8||Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina||6'4||250|
|1||4||Cleveland Browns||Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn|