Know Thy AFC North Enemy: A Look At The Browns 2014 Draft Class

We have already thoroughly dissected the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class, so now it’s time to look at what the other teams in the AFC North did. We already kicked this series off with a look at the Baltimore Ravens 2014 draft, so today we will look at the Cleveland Browns 2014 draft class.

1 – 8(8) – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State

The Browns traded down with the Buffalo Bills and then back up with the Minnesota Vikings in order to draft Gilbert. I understand why they did it, but in doing so, they passed up wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Gilbert will now be expected to compliment Joe Haden for a long time, but thanks to it looking like wide receiver Josh Gordon might be suspended in 2014, this team really is thin at the position. You can bet that the Browns will be looking to free agency or the draft next year for a wide receiver. They got a first and fourth from the Bills and they will need those picks.

1 – 22(22) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

The Browns gave up one of their third round picks this year to the Philadelphia Eagles to draft Manziel. All first round quarterbacks are boom or bust, but in my opinion, the risk is even higher with the undersized Manziel. Personally, I would have waited for another quarterback. It won’t take long to see if this was the right move.

2 – 3(35) – Joel Bitonio – T – Nevada

Bitonio will likely have to kick inside to guard at the next level. Keep in mind that there were still a lot of good wide receivers still on the board here as well. Bitonio better start instantly.

3 – 7(71) – Christian Kirksey – OLB – Iowa

This was a need and Kirksey can likely play inside or outside. However, there were still some decent wide receivers still on the board. I’m not a huge fan of this pick.

3 – 30(94) – Terrance West – RB – Towson

West will compliment Ben Tate, but he has a few miles on him already. Being as he’s a small school kid, you wonder about the competition he faced. On top of everything else, the Browns traded away a fourth-round pick in a very deep draft to get him.

4 – 27(127) – Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood

The Browns got Desir at right about the spot he should have gone, but with Gilbert and Haden now locked in as the starters, and Buster Skrine looking like he will be fine in the slot, the Browns probably should have filled another immediate area of need.

It’s probably easy to tell that I’m not overly impressed with the Browns draft. On paper, all six of their draft picks should make their final 53 roster, so there’s that. Picking up a first and fourth next year was mandatory being as they passed on Watkins. The Kirksey and West picks really don’t excite me. Of course this whole draft will be measured by what Manziel does. He will put butts in seats, but will his butt hold up to the style of play in the AFC North? I have my doubts.

What do you think about the Browns 2014 draft?

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • blackandgoldBullion

    They are doing great bye always having a couple first round picks. However they do a great job of wasting them on people like Manziel. as I would’ve waited for a later round quarterback that probably would have been better than him. I believe their defense will be good and they just require a couple of more pieces for the offense to be good enough. If they ever smarten up they have great potential for the future.

  • blue

    Cleveland Clowns.

  • shawn

    they did a great job of picking up additional picks next year and gotta love the CBs they picked up … even Manziel was aggressive and if u believe he will be the future ( i dont ) it was a good pick up as well … even though I’m not a Manziel fan and i think he will be a bust … i actually still like this draft !

  • 2winz

    I actually think it was smart of them to trade back instead of drafting watkins, I know everyone saw watkins as the #1 receiver in this draft but I remember I read somewhere that a lot of his catches were on screens and I seen him catch deep but on his highlights, I seen him drop too many catches going over the middle. I don’t know what the stats are when he goes over the middle in terms of catches but just from what I saw, I wasn’t impressed there.

    They did good by trading back and picking up a 1st rounder for next year and even though I think Gilbert has flaws as a corner in terms of tackling, him and haden could potentially be a dangerous duo on defense.

  • Garrett Hunt

    No drop concerns for Watkins. He is the best “hands” catcher I have seen in a long time.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Johhny bust!

  • steelster

    Maybe I’m in the minority but I don’t think he won’t be a bust as long as he can stay healthy. He is really talented and has already paid off for the browns in increased ticket sales. Cleveland derserves a sports team that can win and I would rather see a good rivalry between the steelers and browns than the bengals and ravens.

  • shawn

    u are right about the rivalry being better if they are much improved & only time will tell whether or not johnny can make the successful leap to the pros … but i just dont see his game translating well, he is not disciplined in the pocket, takes off too much and where his avg athletic ability (4.7 and other combine numbers) got by in college they are just not good enough in the pros …

    bottom line he’s just not that great of an athlete to make up for being a mediocre qb … one of the biggest problems i have with his passing is his limited arm and slow delivery … puts way too much body into his throws and i usually dont see that translating well !

  • shawn

    I really like Watkins, but that said it was a great move in trading back …. they still picked up a needed playmaker in Gilbert and still get another 1st and 4th rounder next yr … excellent move !

  • westcoasteeler

    I agree with you. Although top to bottom I think we have the better team, I don’t want to loose to Manziel and the brownies the first game of the season. Regardless of Lebeau’s record against rookie qb’s, I’m nervous for this opener.

  • 2winz

    its easy to catch the ball when ur catching it at or behind the line of scrimmage and I am not saying he has bad hands or anything, but I just don’t like what I seen of him going over the middle, although I admit I don’t really watch college football, I’m just going off of what I seen on youtube

  • 2winz

    yeah definitely, but as a Steelers fan, I’m glad they didn’t pick watkins, Gordon and Watkins + their tight end that came on strong last year, they’d be a tough matchup for defenses. I’d rather deal with a corner that has troubles with tackling

  • shawn

    for sure … we lucked out on that and of course a new rookie qb for them plus gordon’s suspension !

  • Milliken Steeler

    I would like to see a good rivalry also between us again however, I don’t think Manzeil is a winning NFL caliber quarterback.

    I would have grabbed Watkins and another QB later in the draft.

  • 2winz

    yeah, I’d rather see them start Manziel over Hoyer, Hoyer seemed to fit in to the browns and gave them a solid qb with quick releases before he unfortunately got injured. Thats just as an opponent lol if I were running the Browns, I’d start Hoyer and give Manziel time to grow and work on being a qb. But I haven’t heard anything about Gordon being suspended yet, just that he might be. He was by far the #1 receiver last year

  • PoKey21

    The way I look at the Browns class is that they could have used their 4th pick on Watkins then taken either Bridgewater/Carr with their pick from the Colts then would of still kept all their midround picks for the depth they need to become a winning team.