The 2014 NFL Draft starts on Thursday, May 8, and every team will look to infuse youth and talent into their rosters. This is the latest primer in our NFL Draft two-a-days that looks at each team and which potential first-round picks would be a good fit.
PICKS NO. 4 AND 26: CLEVELAND BROWNS
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2013 record: 4-12
Key offseason acquisitions: RB Ben Tate, SS Donte Whitner, WR Andrew Hawkins, MLB Karlos Dansby, OT Paul McQuistan, CB Isaiah Trufant, head coach Mike Pettine; GM Ray Farmer.
Key offseason departures: SS T.J. Ward, MLB D'Qwell Jackson, QB Jason Campbell, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Willis McGahee.
Biggest holes: Quarterback, guard, wide receiver, cornerback, inside linebacker.
Trent Richardson only played in three games last season for the Browns, but he may end up helping them out for years to come.
When the Browns traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for their first-round pick, it initially seemed like the Browns were on the losing end of the deal - after all, Richardson was one of their main offensive weapons. But Richardson went on to average 2.9 yards per carry with Indy, and the Browns can now add another important piece to their offense, whether that's a quarterback, a wide receiver or an offensive lineman.
It looks likely that the Browns will get their franchise quarterback with one of their first-round picks - but will it be at No. 4, or will they wait until 26?
The most intriguing option would be Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, a dynamic player who would help breathe new life into a moribund franchise. The safest pick would be Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, a quarterback who can do everything well but has taken a tumble in the pre-draft process. The high-upside pick would be UCF's Blake Bortles, who has the physical tools to be an NFL QB but still needs more seasoning.
That choice depends on what the Browns value most in their quarterback - and whether or not they think incumbent Brian Hoyer is a viable short-term option.
If they're not sold on any of those QBs, they could add another wideout across from Josh Gordon at No. 4 and wait to get a QB at 26. In that instance, Sammy Watkins (if he's still available) or even Texas A&M's Mike Evans would make sense. The pick would depend on what the Browns want in a WR2. Watkins provides explosiveness and the ability to make people miss in space (although the Browns signed someone with similar qualities in Andrew Hawkins). The 6-5 Evans would be a bit of a reach at No. 4, but his size, sure-handedness and body control would make him a dangerous target, especially in the red zone.
If the Browns do want to wait until they pick again at No. 26 to take a QB, who would be the pick? Obviously, the Browns would love for any of the Bridgewater-Manziel-Bortles trio to fall that far (an increasingly likely scenario, according to recent reports). Another possible option late in the first round is Fresno State's Derek Carr.
Carr - the brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr - has possibly the best pure arm in the draft. He's also an underrated runner - he clocked a 4.69-yard 40-yard dash at the Combine. However, he tends to struggle when facing a rush, lacks ideal accuracy downfield and played in a pass-happy spread offense.
If the Browns do take a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, they still would need to give him a new toy at some point, and they could do so starting with the 26th pick. Marqise Lee of USC would be an option in that case. Lee fell off a bit in 2013 after posting an NCAA-best 118 catches in his sophomore season, mostly due to a nagging knee injury. When he's healthy, though, he's an athletic, dynamic threat that can take the top off of a defense.
Potential mid-round and late-round options include Georgia QB Aaron Murray, Penn State WR Allen Robinson, Clemson WR Martavis Bryant, UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, Wisconsin MLB Chris Borland, Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir.