COMMENTARY | People are so concerned about what the Cleveland Browns will do in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft that some are not focusing on the fact that Cleveland also possesses the No. 35 overall pick. Assuming that the Browns do not move up to either No. 1 or No. 2 overall, they'll have a variety of options for their second round pick.
Several factors will impact what the new Cleveland front office and new Cleveland coaching staff will be thinking when May 8 comes. Some of the positions that are mentioned below could be bolstered via free agency, and it's very unlikely that a team in the situation the Browns are in would double up on wide receiver, running back or anywhere else on the roster.
Possible 2014 second round draft picks for the Cleveland Browns: RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Cleveland drafting the Ohio State running back is such a popular prediction that some are suggesting that the Browns would take him with the No. 26 overall pick. Grabbing Hyde that early is a bit of a stretch for me. Several mock drafts I've read have him being available early on in the second round.
The Browns do not, as of the posting of this piece, have a proven legitimate starting back. Listed at 6-0 and 242 pounds, Hyde is thought to be the most complete running back in the draft. He went for over 1,500 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013, he's a powerful downhill runner, and he's elusive. Hyde might be too good for the Browns to pass up.
Possible 2014 second round draft picks for the Cleveland Browns: WR Allen Robinson, Penn State
Robinson has been an interesting subject in mock drafts. He was, in the fall, a first round pick and possibly one that the Browns would consider at No. 26. Robinson's stock has curiously fallen since then, however, and there are analysts out there who believe Cleveland could get him here.
The Browns shouldn't take the risk if they really want Robinson. He is maybe the greatest wide receiver in PSU history. Pair him up with Josh Gordon through your late first round pick, Cleveland, and set up your quarterback, whoever that will be, with yet another weapon.
Not for nothing, but Cleveland going quarterback and then Robinson in the first round could set them up to take Hyde in the second round.
Possible 2014 second round draft picks for the Cleveland Browns: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
It wasn't that long ago that Carr was projected to be a first round pick. He then stunk it up against USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and thus some have Carr falling all the way to the middle of the second round.
There is a very real possibility that the Browns could select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and then an offensive lineman or the best defensive player available in the first round en route to giving QB Brian Hoyer, who is coming off of a torn ACL, the starting job in the summer. Cleveland taking a quarterback, maybe even two, later on in the draft in such a scenario makes sense.
Yes, Carr played poorly in his final college game, but don't forget that he tossed 50 touchdowns and threw for over 5,000 yards in 2013. He could be a great value selection if taken at this stage of the draft.
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