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Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: Browns

1/15/2014

The Cleveland Browns own two picks in the first round of the NFL Draft, which gives them a great opportunity to improve a team that has lost at least 11 games each of the past six seasons.

Where the Browns go with the first pick depends on philosophy.

Is it essential that they draft a quarterback first and hope (like so many others) that he turns into the franchise player the team has lacked? If so, this brings one of three passers into play: Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater or Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

Or, do the Browns build a team and pick up a quarterback where they feel the value is right, either in the second round or third round? If that is the case the Browns could ponder linebacker/defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina or receivers Marqise Lee of USC or Sammy Watkins of Clemson with their first selection.

The second pick -- 26th overall -- depends on the first of course, but the Browns have need at receiver, running back, guard, linebacker and the secondary. The one pick that would be the biggest surprise? A first-round running back. It seems unlikely the Browns would trade a running back like Trent Richardson and then draft another one high the next season.

Check out Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 1.0 to see what players he thinks the Browns should target with their first picks.