Browns' 2014 Draft Summary

A quick recap of the Browns' six selections of last week's NFL Draft and how they fit into the team's plans for 2014.

After the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns added players on both sides of the ball who are in the mix to be starters when the season begins Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.

In addition, general manager Ray Farmer acquired three more draft picks in 2015 including a the Buffalo Bills' first-round selection.

Here is the 2014 class:

Round One, Pick No. 9 | Justin Gilbert, CB | He's a top-10 pick and addresses a team need. So Gilbert is expected to be an immediate starter opposite of Joe Haden.

Round One, Pick No. 22 | Johnny Manziel, QB | Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine did not anoint Johnny Football as the day one starter. Brian Hoyer will have a chance to compete, but there will be intense pressure from the fans and media to see what this Texas A&M rookie can do.

Round Two, Pick. No. 35 | Joel Bitonio, OL | As high as Bitonio was drafted, it is likely he will start at right guard, perhaps right tackle depending on Mitchell Schwartz's performance during training camp. The Browns offensive line now includes two first-round picks and two second-round picks.

Round Three, Pick No. 71 | Christian Kirksey, LB | Craig Robertson will have come competition come July for the starting inside linebacker position adjacent to Karlos Danzby. Undersized, but fast, Kirksey is a player that this coaching staff likes.

Round Three, Pick No. 94 | Terrance West, RB | Perhaps the Shanahan's penchant for finding running backs later in the draft will pay off once again? West was a bell cow in college, carrying the ball 413 times last year for Towson. The Browns think West can perhaps split time with free agent acquisition Ben Tate.

Round Four, Pick No. 127 | Pierre Desir, CB | Like the Browns' previous cornerback selected this draft, the team is very high on this fourth-round selection. It's doubtful he'll start, but he is expected to be in the mix among the Browns bevy of defensive backs.

Summary:

The major splash came Thursday night, no doubt. Potential playmakers were added on offense and defense. The one concern came from the Browns avoiding taking a wide receiver in a deep class, especially considering when the Browns found out about Josh Gordon's off-the-field issues and the injury to Nate Burelson.

Of course, that would be quickly forgotten if Johnny Football comes as advertised, which is a big ‘if.'


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