With the 26th pick in the 2014 BRB Mock Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Ryan Shazier (LB--Ohio State).
This is a neat intersection of need and quality for the Browns, as the versatile, hard-hitting Shazier fills a major hole in their defense left when team leader D'Qwell Jackson was cut in February. In addition to being a versatile player who can rush the passer, drop into pass coverage and stuff the run, Shazier is praised in draft analyses for his strong character and leadership ability.
Shazier led the Big 10 in tackles-for-loss in 2013. He also had six sacks, four pass breakups and four forced fumbles, so the Browns should expect him to contribute pretty quickly in their defense. He is a skilled pass defender and should be a "3-down" LB for Cleveland.
Shazier is a bit on the lean side, but helping him add some muscle bulk should not be a problem for an NFL strength training staff. Other than that, there is very little not to like about Shazier, and he should quickly grow into a player that will help the Browns get over the end of the D’Qwell Era with barely a speed bump.
First the Browns get the Teddy Bridgewater. Then they get the Ryan Shazier. THEN they get the wins. That's how the old chestnut goes, right? Share your thoughts on Shazier staying in Ohio in the Comments below.
The New Orleans Saints and H&Hguy have already made their pick, so check back tomorrow at 10 a.m. CDT to see who's been mocked to The Big Easy.
Recapping the draft:
1. Houston Texans--Sammy Watkins (WR--Clemson)
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)--Jadeveon Clowney (DE--South Carolina)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars--Johnny Manziel (QB--Texas A&M)
4. Cleveland Browns--Teddy Bridgewater (QB--Louisville)
5. Oakland Raiders--Khalil Mack (LB--Buffalo)
6. Atlanta Falcons--Anthony Barr (LB--UCLA)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Eric Ebron (TE--UNC)
8. Minnesota Vikings--Greg Robinson (OT--Auburn)
9. Buffalo Bills--Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S--Alabama)
10. Detroit Lions--Mike Evans (WR--Texas A&M)
11. Tennessee Titans--Justin Gilbert (CB--Oklahoma State)
12. New York Giants--Aaron Donald (DT--Pittsburgh)
13. St. Louis Rams--Jake Matthews (OT--Texas A&M)
14. Chicago Bears--Timmy Jernigan (DT--Florida State)
15. Denver Broncos (TRADE WITH STEELERS) --C.J. Mosley (LB--Alabama)
16. Dallas Cowboys--Morgan Moses (OT--Virginia)
17. Baltimore Ravens--Marqise Lee (WR--USC)
18. New York Jets--Calvin Pryor (S--Louisville)
19. Miami Dolphins--Zack Martin (OG/OT--Notre Dame)
20. Arizona Cardinals--Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE--Washington)
21. Green Bay Packers--Darqueze Dennard (CB--Michigan State)
22. Philadelphia Eagles--Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR--LSU)
23. Kansas City Chiefs--Brandin Cooks (WR--Oregon State)
24. Cincinnati Bengals--Blake Bortles (QB--UCF)
25. San Diego Chargers--Kyle Fuller (CB--Virginia Tech)
26. Cleveland Browns--Ryan Shazier (LB--Ohio State)
27. New Orleans Saints--H&Hguy
28. Carolina Panthers--Nashmeister
29. New England Patriots--37bp
30. San Francisco 49ers--TexansDC
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (TRADE WITH BRONCOS) --Steel Blue Crew
32. Seattle Seahawks--UprootedTexan
33. Houston Texans--bhsman