Browns, NFL Draft

Takin’ Texans: WFNY Mock Draft Strategies

Hey y’all. The Cleveland Browns have tried a great many things in the NFL Draft, but they haven’t ever tried takin’ every single draftee from the great state of Texas. Either high school or college, Texans make great NFL players as can be seen by many facts such as no state produced more starting quarterbacks for the 2016 season. Ain’t no Browns fan complaining about Eric Metcalf or Phil Dawson wearing the brown and orange neither. So, put a can of beans on the open fire, crack open a Lone Star, and pull that brisket from the smoker. It’s time to start talkin’ ’bout takin’ Texans.

The Rules

  • No trades unless the strategy is specifically geared around trades.
  • Demonstrate multiple options at each pick within the confines of the strategy.
  • Use a MSM Big Board to demonstrate feasibility of picks.
  • Select picks at the Browns four picks in Round 1 and Round 2.

Note: Using DraftTek as the Big Board for the purposes of this strategy session.

The Draft Strategy

No. 1 Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
This here is an Arlington native son. Shooooot, every’un who saw him ribbing ’bout wanting to play for da ‘Boys already knows it. Now, there some city folk who think a fancy quarterback is the choice here. Thing is, there ain’t no Andrew Luck – Stratford High alum from Houston, Texas himself – in this here draft class. Now, you can put your boots in the oven, but that don’t make them biscuits. Same can be said for forcing a quarterback in a pick where he don’t belong. The Browns found themselves in a 1-15 hole in 2016. Time for them to stop digging and take this strapping Texan.

Other player for consideration
Jamal Adams, S, LSU via Lewisville, Texas / HeBron High School

No. 12 Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Mahomes is quick as a chicken, arm’s as strong as a tired mule, and he’s as slippery in the pocket as a greased pig in a rain storm. That there makes him the best athlete of any quarterback in this class. If he had chosen stick ball or round ball instead, then we’d be talkin’ bout his MLB or NBA draft status these days.1 Southern-style quarterback Deshaun Watson might have the pundits thinking the sun comes up just to hear him crow, but Mahomes ain’t lacking swagger. This here guy believes he should be the No. 1 overall pick. He ain’t just full of wind like a rancher with an empty beanpot neither. Mahomes knows where he done need working.2 He is also the grindiest grinder. Tools of a blacksmith and athleticism of horse. Didn’t even have to mention those 700 plus yards against those pesky Oklahomans.

Sure, he might be firing off his six-shooter into the air too often and he might try to fit his diesel pickup into the compact spots at the dance hall, but there’s just something special about this kid. Hue Jackson’s patience be tested. But, if he figurs out when to hold’em, fold’em, walk away, and run, then Mahomes will thrive.

This Texan in’t likely to make it to Day 2, so if the Browns want him any later, then they would be wise to scootch up from No. 33.

Other player for consideration
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford via Coppell, Texas

No. 33 Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina via Austin High, Austin TX

If the Browns want the speed of a jack rabbit with a fox on his tail, then Jones is their man.3 His Texan family knows the tail from the mane when it comes to football. His daddy, Robert Jones, won three Superbowls with dem Cowboys. His uncle, Jeff Blake, lit up NFL defenses for years with his biggest seasons coming as a Texan transplant playing in Ohio. This ain’t no hawk without claws either. Jones holds the all-time FBS career reception mark with 399. 158 of those catches came this late year making his speed and ability to catch as rare as a rooster with teeth.4

Other player for consideration
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma via Cameron Yoe High from Cameron Texas

No. 52 Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

Browns might have missed out on Tony Jefferson as a free agent, but Evans is peskier than a skeeter in June out at the tank. Opposing teams will find his intercepting ways as crooked as a dog’s hind leg as he’s out roaming center. This here guy not only can grab a fly off a calf’s tail, but he isn’t one to back down to a charging bull either. Gregg Williams might be calling out for him to pick a switch when he’s spooking the horses, but ya gotta take the gristle with the burnt ends with him.5

Other players for consideration
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma via Hendrickson High

Last Word

  • No. 1 Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
  • No. 12 Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
  • No. 33 Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
  • No. 52 Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

Enough Texans for a cattle drive there. What more needs to be said?

Other mock draft strategy sessions from WFNY

  1. He played both through high school and baseball for Texas Tech. []
  2. Mahomes has admitted and has been working on his footwork from under center since he played in an Air Raid system. []
  3. 4.45 in the 40, top five in the broad jump and shuttle runs. []
  4. Watched quite a bit of tape on Zay Jones now and he reminds me of Sammy Watkins. []
  5. In lamen terms, Evans gambles too much on defense trying to create turnovers. []