Thursday, January 2, 2014

Did a future Browns wide receiver enter the draft Thursday?

Three wide receivers with college eligibility remaining entered the NFL draft Thursday.

Don't be surprised if one lands in Cleveland.

Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Penn State's Allen Robinson and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks comprise the trio. 

Evans, Johnny Manziel's top target, stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 225 pounds. He's ranked the No. 2 wide receiver for the 2014 draft behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins, according to

If the Browns select a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, it's unlikely Evans will be around when they use the first-round pick obtained from the Colts in the Trent Richardson trade. If the Browns or anybody else want to pair Evans with Manziel, they might need two top-15 overall picks.

The Browns could swap the pick from the Colts and Josh Gordon for a top-15 pick. Gordon is a failed drug test from a one-year suspension, but he's ultra-talented. Evans, though, has physical qualities comparable to those possessed by Gordon . A chance to build around Manziel and his top target is an intriguing thought. But trading Gordon might peeve an already skeptical fan base.

The more realistic scenario involves using the fourth overall pick on a quarterback and using the pick from the Colts for an auxiliary offensive part such as a receiver to play opposite Gordon. As of now, the Browns' second and third receivers are unreliable Greg Little and even more unreliable Davone Bess.

Robinson and Cooks are solid prospects. Robinson flourished in Bill O'Brien's pro-style attack at Penn State. Robinson, unlike Little and Bess, has no off-the-field issues. He should be a 50- to 75-catch receiver.

Cooks won the Bilentikoff Award and led FBS with 1,670 receiving yards. Cooks stands 5-foot-10, so he's diminutive by NFL standards.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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