During this NFL offseason, the Cleveland Browns have completely revitalized their organization at the top with a new GM in Ray Farmer and and a new head coach in Mike Pettine. But now it’s time to focus on revitalizing the team on the field, where it matters most, and that process could be in full swing next month in the 2014 NFL Draft.
But could the Browns have a plan in place to create their own “Big 3″ on offense by way of the draft?
According to NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks’ recent mock draft, that’s what he sees them going for.
With two picks in the first round, Brooks sees the team going with the dynamic wide receiver from Clemson, Sammy Watkins, to start things off with that fourth overall choice. Then later on in the day on Thursday, May 8th, the team will then select QB Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville, whose stock has fallen dramatically, for whatever reason.
With a playmaker at wide receiver already chosen and someone to throw him the ball, he then sees the team going after Ohio State’s bruising running back, Carlos Hyde to take up shop in the backfield alongside the recently acquired Ben Tate.
The thing with this scenario is that this is completely possible, mainly due to the fact that Bridgewater has fallen so far during the draft process. A few months ago, seeing something like this play out would sound ludicrous, as the Browns would more than likely have to choose between either Watkins or Bridgewater with that fourth pick. But now, if the reports are true, Bridgewater will be sitting there for them at 26.
As for Hyde, he’s been projected as a second-round back all along, so taking him at 35, a few picks after they get their signal caller, is a strong possibility as well.
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