Our starting right guard was injured and his replacement had a historically poor performance according to Pro Football Focus, along with just a bad performance overall by the rest of the line. Bruce Arians will get them back in shape; This is the exception, not the rule.
Yesterdays results: College B ball: KY -12 (teased) Pushes, which is a Loss in large teaser play at my House. Sure would have been nice to know that the Wildcats best player was sitting this one out (hurt elbow).........ARGG. NBA: Golden State gets pushed hard at Denver, but Curry and Co. still prevail by three which is enough for a second spot win (GST at Pick) in an ongoing teaser. NHL: Rangers still look a little stale (for whatever reason) but prevail 4 to 3 last night to get my hockey par off to a good start. Congrats to winners and back later with some picks.
The Browns weren't in position to draft a quarterback in a previous mock, but they are now - and it definitely helps that there currently appear to be three top-10 signal-caller prospects again in the wake of Paxton Lynch's amazing season.
We haven't spoken to our NFL sources about Lynch yet, but unless he struggles to close out the year, I have to believe that he'll grade out as a top-10 prospect, and perhaps the top quarterback in the class. Even if he doesn't, teams get desperate and reach for players at his position. The Browns obviously need a signal-caller, as Johnny Manziel is an idiot who has no future (or present) in the NFL. Whatever hope Cleveland had for Manziel is now gone, as he won't stop his partying ways. Perhaps he can fool everyone again with another PR-move trip to rehab, but it's likely that he's done with the Browns.
Obviously, Cleveland needs a franchise quarterback. The actions of the Browns' brass to play Josh McCown over Johnny Manziel tells you what you need to know about their thoughts on Manziel as the future of the franchise. Cleveland has to try once again to land a franchise quarterback.
To me, Lynch looks like a upgraded version of Blake Bortles as a prospect in terms of athletic skill set. Lynch has completed 69 percent of his passes this season for 3,448 yards with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. His arm can make all the throws for the pro game, but he also has flashed the ability to pass accurately and beat good coverage with precise completions into tight windows. Additionally, Lynch has the athleticism to make plays with his feet and throw on the run. However, he is a project for the NFL. Lynch has a great skill set, but needs work as a pocket passer with developing his field vision.
The Browns have a whopping total of 1.5 sacks from Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo and Nate Orchard combined this season. All of those have come from Kruger, who is a solid but unspectacular defender. Mingo has turned out to be a bust, while Orchard needs time to develop. Cleveland still needs more edge rush to go with Armonty Bryant.
Another player who sources said has impressed them and has his stock is up is Ngakoue. He destroyed Redskins guard Brandon Scherff last season. Ngakoue also looked good against Michigan State's Jack Conklin and Ohio State's Taylor Decker while holding his own against Saints' first-rounder Andrus Peat. Last year, Ngakoue recorded 37 tackles, 13.5 for a loss and six sacks.
Ngakoue has 37 tackles, 15 for a loss, 13.5 sacks and one pass break up so far in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder looks like a good outside linebacker for a 3-4 defense.
Pick change; previously Tyler Boyd, WR
Rd. 3, Pk. 2
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
The Browns need more play-makers. Miller has some explosiveness, but is a project.
Miller has 23 catches for 324 yards and three scores in 2015. As a runner, the former quarterback has 227 yards on 37 carries and a score. Miller has displayed natural hands with the speed, athleticism and explosion to get separation. He showed that his speed and athleticism make him a legitimate prospect as a receiver and runner. Miller was an option quarterback in 2013-2014. While he wasn't a NFL-caliber passer, he was an explosive point-producer.
At this point Cook is still the best quarterback in this draft.
Until he completly begins to suck or Lynch/Goff prove in the combine they are ready for the pros (which is where I'm confident one or both will fall) the Browns will still be going with Cook.
Joey Bosa is essentially the consensus top prospect in this draft class at this point, but teams that have already invested in their pass rush have the first two selections and pass on this talent, leaving Browns fans incredibly satisfied as they feel their team can’t go wrong. Either Manziel flops and this pick is used for Cardale Jones instead, or Manziel finds a way to remind the front office why they drafted him and he retains the job for the 2016 season. It might be time to move away from Barkevious Mingo on the edge in favor of a guy who can get to the QB like a first round prospect is supposed to.
Christian Hackenburg is the best quarterback prospect in the draft but if Cleveland has the chance to snag Jones early on, they will. The Ohio State product has an enormous frame and an even bigger arm. He's a good fit in the AFC North because of his ability to drive the ball through the bitter winter winds that these teams play in. We will learn a lot more about Jones as a thrower this season as he won the starting quarterback job in Columbus.