APC Mock Draft 2014: Cleveland Browns Select Kelvin Benjamin

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the 26th overall pick in the 2014 Acme Packing Company Mock Draft, Kevin Costner and the Cleveland Browns select wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State University.

As we continue the 2014 Acme Packing Company Mock Draft, we land on the 26th overall pick owned by the Cleveland Browns.

Background

The Browns are no stranger to being early-selectors in the NFL Draft process, but after they shipped Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first-round pick in this year's draft, they now have the rare chance to select towards the end of the first round as well as have a top-5 draft pick.

The Browns finished 4-12 in 2013, and other than a three-game winning streak against the Vikings, Bengals, and Bills, there wasn't much excitement for the Dawg Pound. Wideout Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron emerged as Pro-Bowl caliber talents within an offense without a quarterback or running attack. Joe Haden continued to improve as a shutdown cornerback, and earned Pro Bowl honors in only his fourth year in the league.

Center Alex Mack and Tackle Joe Thomas also earned Pro Bowl honors, and anchor an offensive line that could help neutralize the growing pains of a rookie quarterback. Cleveland signed running back Ben Tate in free agency to help the rushing attack. The Browns will likely add a quarterback with the fourth overall pick in the draft, but adding another playmaker next to Josh Gordon will be a top-priority as well. Another option could be finding a cornerback opposite Joe Haden if the value pick presents itself.

With the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select...

Name: Kelvin Benjamin
Position: Wide Receiver
College: Florida State
Year: Sophomore (RS)

With Odell Beckham Jr., Marqise Lee, and Brandin Cooks off the board at wide receiver and Bradley Roby and Kyle Fuller off the board at cornerback, the Browns may be forced to reach a little bit and take the next best available talent at wideout. That would most likely be Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State.

Benjamin is a big-bodied target at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. He also has an 83-inch wingspan that helps him win a lot of jump-ball situations against smaller defensive backs. While Benjamin isn't considered to be a No. 1 option like Sammy Watkins, he could be a perfect fit in Cleveland. With Josh Gordon across from him and Jordan Cameron likely to take a safety or linebacker away, Benjamin would likely face 1-on-1 coverage with a smaller cornerback.

We projected the Browns to select Johnny Manziel as their quarterback of the future with the fourth overall pick, and if there's one thing Johnny Football is good at, other than partying, it's throwing up jump-balls to big targets after he has juked the rest of the defense into a pile of confusion. Mike Evans is now considered to be the second-best wide receiver in this year's draft directly because of his ability at catching those balls, and Benjamin has all the qualities to fit right into that role at the NFL level.

The biggest knocks on Benjamin are that he doesn't possess top-end speed and isn't as crisp in his route running as many scouts would like for a first-round talent. He also needs to improve his run blocking in the open field, but with his physical skill set, he should be able to improve on those areas as he continues to grow into the position.

Round One Summary

Pick Team Player Position School
1 Houston Texans Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
2 St. Louis Rams (via WAS) Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
4 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
5 Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
6 Atlanta Falcons Greg Robinson OT Auburn
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
9 Buffalo Bills Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
10 Detroit Lions Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
11 Tennessee Titans Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
12 New York Giants Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
13 St. Louis Rams Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama
14 Chicago Bears Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
16 Dallas Cowboys Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
17 Baltimore Ravens Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
18 New York Jets Odell Beckham, Jr. WR LSU
19 Miami Dolphins Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
20 Arizona Cardinals Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn
21 Green Bay Packers C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
22 Philadelphia Eagles Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
23 Kansas City Chiefs Marqise Lee WR USC
24 Cincinnati Bengals Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
25 San Diego Chargers Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
26 Cleveland Browns (via IND) Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
Josh VanDyke covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He is also currently a sports writer for MLive.com.
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