NFL Network’s Mike Mayock’s advice to the Browns is to not trade up for one of the top projected quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
Winston and Mariota are considered the top two quarterbacks available in this year’s draft. The Browns are currently the only team with two first-round draft picks in this year’s draft. They have the 12th and 19th overall picks in the first round.
“Trying to move up and take one of those quarterbacks is very risky after they’ve already made several risky moves,” NFL Network Mike Mayock analyst said on a conference call on Monday.
Mayock said there are too many questions with the top quarterbacks to mortgage the draft.
“But I think it’s difficult to package 12 and 19 and move up,” he said. “Whether it’s projection on the field or worries off the field.
“If I’m Cleveland, I’m looking at 12 and 19 and saying, ‘Man, I need to get one of the best wide receivers in this draft’. I probably could use a right tackle at some point. You’re going to need a tight end probably depending on free agency.
“At the end of the day I’d like to get two great football players at 12 and 19, and I’d be very hesitant about moving up for a quarterback.”
Mayock was a big fan of Johnny Manziel fan last year going into the draft. Manziel is currently at a rehab facility being treated at an undisclosed location for unspecified reasons.
“First round last year, I’ll be the first to put my hand up, and I hope I learn a lesson in that I kind of bought into Johnny just being immature,” Mayock said. “Apparently, there’s a lot more than that.
“I don’t by any means think that he or the corner they took in the first round (Justin Gilbert’s) careers are over,” he said. “Both of them are very talented kids. I hope the Browns get something out of both of them.”
Mayock still thinks Manziel can be the quarterback for the Browns.
“As far as Manziel’s future is concerned, I still buy into the quarterback,” he said. “I still think he can learn to be a difference maker in this league. But I think almost all of it is contingent upon whether he grows up, is able to handle himself, is able to overcome the problems he has and move forward with the football.”