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Fan Mock Draft: Browns On The Clock (Again)


It's the eve of the Eagles' draft pick. The only team remaining in front in our Fan Mock Draft is the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have already had one selection. With the 12th overall selection, you sent running back Todd Gurley to Cleveland. Running back isn't a top need for the Browns, but in this case it might have been a scenario where they took the best player on the board knowing they have another chance to add more talent here with the 19th pick.

The Gurley selection also makes sense because, along with Terrance West, the Browns can feature a prolific rushing attack to take pressure off of quarterback Josh McCown or last year's second first-round pick Johnny Manziel. McCown signed with the Browns this offseason after struggling as the starter in Tampa Bay. Two years ago, McCown thrived in Chicago where he had Matt Forte carrying the ball.

McCown also had two Pro Bowl receivers in Brandon Marshall in Alshon Jeffery. In Cleveland, McCown has Josh Gordon. Oh, that's right, he doesn't after being suspended by the league for a year after violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy. The Browns did sign Dwayne Bowe in free agency. Bowe formerly played for the Kansas City Chiefs where he scored zero touchdowns last season. In fact, no Chiefs wide receiver scored a receiving touchdown in 2014.

With that in mind, the Browns could select the top remaining wideout available whether you believe that it is Nelson Agholor, Phillip Dorsett or Jaelen Strong. Cleveland can be the first team to select a tight end after Jordan Cameron left in free agency for the Dolphins. Maxx Williams is clearly the top tight end in this year's class. At 6-4, 249 pounds, Williams was a second-team All-America selection last season and he just turned 21 years old.

Offensive line is not a need for the Browns. Annual Pro Bowl selection Joe Thomas is still among the league's best at the left tackle position. Last year's second-round pick Joel Bitonio started every game at left guard. The one intriguing spot to watch could be at center. Alex Mack has the ability to opt out of his contract following the 2015 season. Could selecting Cam Erving help the Browns prepare for that scenario?

Mike Pettine's calling card is defense. Starting from the back end, the Browns invested in free agent cornerback Tramon Williams to pair with two-time Pro Bowl selection Joe Haden. Cleveland also has last year's first first-round pick in Justin Gilbert at cornerback. The Browns also have a pair of talented safeties in Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner. Again, the Browns could take the best player available or they could take a pass rusher.

Jabaal Sheard left in free agency and he struggled last season with a career-low two sacks. Barkevious Mingo hasn't developed into a pass-rush threat and is recovering from shoulder surgery. Bud Dupree, who is mocked by some to be a top-10 selection, is still on the board. The Browns could surprise some with an off-the-radar pick like Owamagbe Odighizuwa. A second-team All-Pac-12 pick in 2014, Odighizuwa had six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

Up front, the Browns could use this pick on a defensive lineman. Arik Armstead and Danny Shelton, both of whom are considered potential top-15 selections by some mock drafts, are still available. Armstead would be an ideal 3-4 end and Shelton could plug the nose spot. Malcom Brown also has the versatility to be in the mix at this spot.

The Browns hope that Gurley proves to be a much-needed offensive spark. Who will be the pick here at No. 19? Well, that's up to you with the Eagles waiting in the wings. !

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