In our first mock draft, Ryan Lewis and I both predicted the Browns would take University of Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner sixth overall.
Yes, it’s boring when we both come up with the same pick for the Browns, but Milliner seems to be the most logical choice by far, considering the team’s failure to secure a bona fide starting cornerback in free agency.
But what if Milliner is not available when the Browns are put on the clock early in the first round April 25?
In our second mock, I explore such a scenario while Ryan remains steadfast.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – West Virginia QB Geno Smith
3. Oakland Raiders – Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
5. Detroit Lions – Milliner
6. Browns – Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan
Comment: If the Browns aren’t able to land Milliner, the likelihood of them trading down could increase. But if they stay put, Jordan would make a ton of sense. Last month at the NFL owners meeting, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said signing outside linebackers Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves would “not necessarily” preclude the organization from drafting a pass rusher. The Browns subsequently courted rush linebacker Victor Butler, but he signed with the New Orleans Saints. The failed pursuit of Butler proves the Browns remain in the market for pass rushers as they switch to defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4, multi-front scheme.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson
8. Buffalo Bills – Southern California QB Matt Barkley
9. New York Jets – Brigham Young OLB/DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah
10. Tennessee Titans – North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper
1. Kansas City Chiefs -- Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- West Virginia QB Geno Smith
3. Oakland Raiders -- Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
4. Philadelphia Eagles -- Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan
5. Detroit Lions -- Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
6. Browns -- Milliner
Comment: The Browns might need a little bit of luck for Milliner to fall to No. 6 -- the Eagles at No. 4 and the Lions at No. 5 each have a major need in the secondary and could take Milliner, the top corner in the draft. If Milliner does last until No. 6, he would fill a gaping hole opposite Joe Haden and create one of the better cornerback tandems in the NFL.
7. Arizona Cardinals -- Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson
8. Buffalo Bills -- Southern California QB Matt Barkley
9. New York Jets -- Louisiana State DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo
10. Tennessee Titans -- Alabama G Chance Warmack