Draft pundit Mel Kiper Jr. published a piece in which he personally picked the first three rounds for every team. The premise was an “A” draft for each team. When it came to the Browns, Kiper used the trade down theory and came up with this-
“Cleveland Browns Top needs: CB, QB, G, ILB, TE
Rd. 1 (11) G Chance Warmack, Alabama (via San Diego)
Rd. 3 (68) QB EJ Manuel, Florida St.
Rd. 3 (76) CB Darius Slay, Mississippi St. (via San Diego)
Analysis: As the GM of the Browns, I trade down and still hit a top need. That No. 6 slot is a high-leverage one, because it could be the last chance for several teams in need to get one of the three top left tackle prospects. In this case, it’s San Diego. I pick up this year’s third and next year’s as well. Without a second-round pick, the extra pick is a big help, and I still get a great player in Warmack, a guy who fills a need and should give a big boost to the run game. Warmack should be a Pro Bowl guard. The added third allows us to grab Manuel in a good value spot. For this draft you’ll see I have quarterbacks lower than most, but that’s a reflection of how I view the class. Lastly, Slay is a nice value in Round 3, an upgrade at the corner spot across from Joe Haden. This draft offers a good balance of immediate help at need spots, and the shot on upside at QB.”
The selection of Warmack gives the Browns a rock solid offensive line, and trading back to get him allows them to address the CB position and also get a developmental QB.
If the Browns were to put this plan into action, what grade would you give? Would you be happy with Manual in the third round? What about addressing the need for a pass rusher?