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Mock Draft Roundup: Carr to Cleveland Still a Strong Trend

Teams are starting to get their first long looks at the players on their big boards, but the Browns continue to be the leader among mock draft prognosticators for the former Bulldog's services.

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On the heels of a visit to the Central Valley by several members of the Browns coaching staff and front office earlier this week, perhaps it is no surprise that Cleveland is still the front-runner in the Derek Carr sweepstakes. The latest cross-section of mock drafts looks much the same as the last one.

Name Site Updated Pick # Team
Charlie Campbell WalterFootball 3/31 5 Oakland
Walter Cheripinsky WalterFootball 4/3 5 Oakland
Bryan Fischer
NFL.com 26 26 Cleveland
Matthew Fairburn Mocking the Draft 3/31
26 Cleveland
Dan Hope
Bleacher Report 4/1
8
Minnesota
Pat Kirwan CBS Sports 3/31
32 Oakland (from Seattle)
Pete Prisco
CBS Sports 4/2
26
Cleveland
Rob Rang CBS Sports 4/1
8 Minnesota
Josh Sanchez Fansided 3/31
26 Cleveland
Mel Kiper
ESPN (Insider required)
4/3
39
Jacksonville
Mike Tanier
Sports on Earth 3/26
20 Arizona
Mike Sudds DraftTek 4/2 35 Cleveland

It is worth noting that some of the mock drafts are predicated on the perceived demand for Jadaveon Clowney, most notably those of Fairburn and Hope.  In the former, the Rams take him with the second overall selection.  In the latter, the Atlanta Falcons trade with Houston to grab him at number one. Both would seem to affect other teams in the top ten accordingly, though Fairburn sees Carr falling much further than Hope.

Another significant part of the discussion has been centered around the reshuffling of the top quarterbacks.  Some have argued that pro day performances don't mean much at all, but that hasn't stopped many analysts from retooling their mocks.  The latest mock draft by Doug Farrar at SI.com's Audibles, for instance, does not have Carr listed as a first-round pick but slotted Johnny Manziel as the first overall pick.  This would appear to be at odds with the machinations of some teams in need of a franchise quarterback like the Browns and the persistent rumors that a significant number of teams prefer Carr over Manziel. The main takeaway is that, at least for now, there's no consensus about the QBs anymore, which should make the next month or so very entertaining.

Other Mountain West Prospects

There are not many sites that cover multiple rounds at this point, but Matthew Fairburn's latest mock includes two rounds. Walter Cheripinsky has hammered out five rounds. DraftTek has done two better and gone the distance with all seven rounds. Here is where other Mountain West athletes are slotted:

Name Cheripinsky DraftTek Fairburn
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State 67 (Oakland, rd. 3)
60 (Carolina, rd. 2)
36 (Oakland, rd. 2)

Shaquil Barrett, LB, Colorado State


191 (Chicago, rd. 6)

Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State

204 (Carolina, rd. 6)

Joel Bitonio, T/G, Nevada

84 (Arizona, rd. 3)
111 (Detroit, rd. 4)
60 (Carolina, rd. 2)

David Fales, QB, San Jose State

151 (Tennessee, rd. 5)

200 (Kansas City, rd. 6)
Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State 147 (Atlanta,rd. 5)

Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

153 (St. Louis, rd. 5)
196 (Arizona, rd. 6)

Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming

154 (New York Jets, rd. 5) 127 (Cleveland, rd. 4)

Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State

135 (Houston, rd. 4)

Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State

169 (New Orleans, rd. 5)
126 (New Orleans, rd. 4)
Charles Leno, T, Boise State
157 (Pittsburgh, rd. 5)
227 (Detroit, rd. 7)

Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

52 (Arizona, rd. 2
112 (Tennessee, rd. 4)
27 (New Orleans, rd. 1)

Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State


197 (Green Bay, rd. 6)

Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

62 (New England, rd. 2)
77 (San Francisco, rd. 3)

Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming

151 (Tennessee, rd. 5)