The Browns failed to trade up for Marcus Mariota, so they'll have to find their quarterback of the future next spring; Chris Mortensen reported that Cleveland has "90 percent" given up on a quarterback who rolls $20s in bathrooms. Mike Pettine called the report "90-percent inaccurate," but he was 90-percent lying in order to maintain leverage for Mariota.
Cardale Jones would've been a second-round prospect had he declared for the 2015 NFL Draft, though there was a chance he would've gone late in the first via a team trading up. That will hardly be the case in the 2016 NFL Draft. If Jones starts and continues to thrive, he'll be a top-five selection, and he could potentially go No. 1 overall. He has way too much upside and natural talent, displaying Ben Roethlisberger- or Daunte Culpepper-type ability.
The Browns will see if Johnny Manziel can get turned around this year, but it will be hard with the weak receivers Cleveland will field. Josh McCown was good enough to get the Bucs the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, so perhaps he can do that for the Browns this year.
Cook completed 58 percent of his passes in 2014 for 3,214 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has shown NFL evaluators that he has a big arm, pocket presence, reasonably precise throwing, and the mobility to avoid rushers and roll out. The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder plays in a pro-style system and has shown steady improvement with his ability to function out of the pocket while working through his progressions. Cook does need to improve his accuracy though. He will make some amazing throws and then miss on routine passes. The senior should be able to do that in 2015.
Cook completed 59 percent of his passes in 2013 for 2,755 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He improved throughout the season and was very impressive against Ohio State and Stanford to close out the year.
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Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
The Browns, obviously, are weak at wide receiver and need to find some answers.
Robinson was one of the breakout performers in the SEC in 2014. He hauled in 53 passes for 810 yards and seven touchdowns despite playing in a horrible offense with struggling quarterbacks. Robinson (6-1, 205) plays bigger than his listed measurements and has quickness.