Our 2013 Community Mock Draft [is underway]! In this annual exercise we put the fates of all 32 teams in the hands of our community. This exercise accomplishes several things. For one, we often have a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to the NFL. We will get a glimpse into the needs of each of the franchises. It also helps us get familiar with each of the first-round prospects because like last year in a trade up for Morris Claiborne, you never quite know what the future holds for Dallas.
Every GM has been informed of their team's needs and is ready to roll. Let's see who will be selected with the [first] pick in the draft!
GM: [Tennessee Jed]
Selection: (DT) Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Here's our GM with his explanation of the selection:
Why the pick: Come and listen to my story ‘bout a man named Jim/ Paid a billion for the Browns and I feel so bad for him/ Then one day he was lookin' for a dude/ And into his office stepped a man named "Krug"/ Kruger that is/ Paul Kruger/ Linebacker
The Randy Lerner/Mike Holmgren/Pat Shurmur era of the Browns has been mercifully put out of its misery for Cleveland fans. Now the Mistake by the Lake has a new owner in Jimmy Haslam (who made his fortune in the "Flying J" Truck Stop business and is tired of the jokes though they never get old for me) and has hired Joe Banner (formerly of the Eagles) to run the team with Mike Lombardi (TV talking head formerly of the NFL Network who is currently not allowed to speak with the media) as GM and Rob Chudzinski as head coach of the Factory of Sadness. Of course, the Browns do have a new Defensive Coordinator in Ray Horton and a new Offensive Coordinator in our old friend Norv Turner. To be honest, most of my friends who are Browns faithful and season ticket holders, as well as local media peeps, seem more excited about the new coordinators than their new head coach, but hey, it's at least SOME sense of optimism. Right? Right? (Don't answer that.)
Of course, as with the rest of the NFL, you have to have a Quarterback to win anything and the Browns have a big question mark at that position. Brandon Weeden was last year's #22 pick and is still largely unproven. He has a big arm and can make every throw you need but failed to cement his status as "The Guy" at the position in his rookie campaign. Unfortunately, this is a pretty shaky draft for signal callers in general and if Weeden came out this season he might even be ranked ahead of Geno Smith, Barkley, Nassib, and the rest of the QBs who will go in the first two rounds this year. Therefore, I think the Browns roll the dice with Weeden for at least this upcoming season and hope Norv can make something out of him. If not, next year's QB class looks much better anyway and, barring something disastrous, the team is going to let the new staff have a bit of a grace period and let the players and coaches adjust to new schemes.
Speaking of which, one of the biggest changes the Browns will face this offseason is the adjustment on Defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under Horton. The Browns picked up Paul Kruger from the Ravens to play OLB and Desmond Bryant to play on the D-Line as just a few examples of offseason moves they made in Free Agency. On Defense they do have some talent in addition to the new guys. Joe Haden is one of the best Cornerbacks in the NFL, D'Qwell Jackson is an excellent LB, and they have some guys who are young and show promise (like Billy Winn, who I really, really wanted to see in a Cowboy uniform last year). As the move to a 3-4 comes to fruition, the current D-Line starters are Ahtyba Rubin at one end spot, newbie Desmond Bryant at the other end, and Phil Taylor as the Tackle. Not exactly a "murderer's row" on the line, to say the least. At one Cornerback spot is Joe Haden who is a stud. Opposite him is Buster Skrine who, while having an awesome name, isn't exactly a world-beater at covering receivers. The Safety crop is also in need of an upgrade, though I do think T.J. Ward will turn into a good player after he develops a bit more.
On offense the Browns have the aforementioned Weeden, Colt McCoy, and Thad Lewis currently at the QB position (Be grateful for Tony Romo y'all). They traded a few picks to move up one spot and grab Trent Richardson last year, so they are set at Running Back. They gave up this year's second round pick to take WR Josh Gordon in last year's supplemental draft and have Greg Little as the #2. They lost Ben Watson at Tight End and are thin at that position. On the Offensive Line the Browns have Joe Thomas at Left Tackle and he is one of the very best in the NFL. At Center is Alex Mack and he is above average and a very solid player. Manning the Right Tackle spot is 23 year-old Mitchell Schwartz who acquitted himself well last season and appears by all accounts to be their future at the position. The guard play is honestly so-so (Sound familiar Cowboy fans?) and the Browns should be in the market to upgrade there as well (either in Free Agency or the draft).
This draft has so far turned into a "worst case scenario" for the Browns. The hope was that Dee Milliner would drop to pick 6 (Sound familiar? Yeah, I mocked our own "Pick 6" last year at #4 for them. I still think that was a better pick than trading up for Trent Richardson and history will prove me right.). Erik Fisher is available at Tackle but he doesn't fill an immediate or upcoming need (and I worry about his ability to transition into the NFL coming from a small school). Taking a Guard with the 6th pick seems like a misuse of draft position. Trading down is not an option. Star Lotuleilei is a medical risk (and in fact had not even been cleared to work out on his pro day when I submitted my pick). There's not another Cornerback worthy of a pick this high. They already used their 2nd round pick on a Wide Receiver last year and Josh Gordon looked pretty good so Corduroy or Corradelle or whatever his name is won't be an option either. Dion Jordan is gone. So are Ansah and Jarvis Jones (another medical question mark who I personally wouldn't take in the top 6 picks or so). Basically, the Browns are somewhat screwed at this point. If bad luck was a sin the Browns would be going to Hell wearing gasoline drawers.
Ahhh, but not so fast there Quickdraw Mcgraw. There is a guy worth taking at this spot who does, indeed, fill a need....
Welcome to Cleveland Sharrif Floyd!
Sharrif Floyd helps solve a big issue on the D-Line for the Browns. He is more than athletic enough to play end on a 3-4 (he ran a 4.9 forty at the combine) and at 300 pounds is also stout enough to play tackle. I know that many scouts have him listed as a 4-3 tackle, but just remember, as a sophomore he played EVERY position on the D-Line. He's not a one-trick pony. In fact, I think he starts the season in a rotation with Taylor at Tackle and Rubin at End and by midseason takes one of their starting jobs and keeps it for the foreseeable future. Paired with pass-rush specialist Paul Kruger the Browns will have Quarterbacks in their division looking over their shoulder and enduring sleepless nights. Many scouts have Floyd listed as a top 3 player in the draft so to get him with the 6th pick is nothing to sneeze at (Bless you). He will provide a defensive cornerstone that will help the new coaching staff have an additional piece to build upon for the future.
And hey, they can always draft Teddy Bridgewater next year.
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): Guard, Free Safety, Cornerback
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): Strong Safety, Possession Receiver, Feature Receiver
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): COP Back, Right Tackle, Tight End, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, 3-4 WILB
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): 3-4 DT, 3-4 SILB, Quarterback, Feature Running Back, Slot Receiver, Left Tackle, Center
-- Drafttek.com ranked #4 Overall, Not Ranked for 3-4 D Line
-- Russ Lande, National Football Post: #22 Overall, #5 at the position (DT)
SUMMARY - Sharrif Floyd plays with a combination of power and competitiveness that few linemen can match. He flashes outstanding stack and shed ability and demonstrates very good football instincts. His most impressive trait is his ability to pursue laterally to the edge and finish by taking excellent angles and staying square to the RB, allowing him to adjust to cutbacks. What keeps him from being an elite prospect is his average burst off the snap and bad habit of getting upright at the snap, as can be moved off the ball despite his excellent natural strength. 34 teams will consider him a 5-technique end, while 43 teams would be wise to put him at LDE on rushing downs, and kick him inside to rush the passer on 3rd down. If he can learn to play with more consistent leverage off the ball and use his hands to set up a wider variety of pass moves, he has a chance to develop into one of the most versatile defensive linemen in this draft class.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #4 overall, #1 at the position (DT)
-- DraftInsider.Net ranked #8 overall, #2 at the position
-- DraftCountdown ranked #8 overall, #2 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #4 overall, #1 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #1 at the position
-- NFLDraftScout.com profile (Rob Rang):
STRENGTHS: Has a naturally powerful frame with wide shoulders, a surprisingly trim waistline and the thick lower-half conducive to anchoring as a two-gap defender and run-stuffing presence in the middle. Flashes a terrific initial burst off the snap, showing the quickness to split gaps or even challenge lethargic offensive tackles when he's asked to line up wide.
Uses his hands well to chop at blockers attempting to latch on to his chest, ripping away and showing a nice over-arm swim move. Good lateral agility to "get skinny" through gaps and shows enough short-area quickness to close when the ballcarrier is near. Has made gains each of his three seasons of collegiate football and could be just scratching the surface of his potential.
WEAKNESSES: Remains rough around the edges. While quick off the snap, Floyd has a tendency to lose sight of the ball and get too caught up in hand-fighting with offensive linemen. Some of this is due to the fact that he often stands up at the snap, losing his natural leverage advantage, as well as his impressive combination of burst and strength.
Has great initial quickness but does not appear to have the sustained quickness to translate into a consistent interior pass rush threat -- at least not against today's increasingly mobile dual-threat passers.
COMPARES TO: Corey Liuget, DL, San Diego Chargers -- Athletic, strong and capable of emerging as a standout as either a 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle, Floyd has talent and upside to virtually guarantee first-round consideration despite the fact that he has flashed more than dominated throughout his collegiate career.
Sharrif Floyd game reel vs FSU
Now On The Clock: Arizona Cardinals