2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Cleveland Browns, No. 26

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Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (2)

2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Cleveland Browns, No. 26

Oct 26, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) catches a pass while being covered by Stanford Cardinal cornerback Wayne Lyons (2) during the 2nd half at Reser Stadium. Stanford defeated Oregon State 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Nicholas Pitakos:

The Cleveland Browns have had some serious issues at wide receiver outside of Josh Gordon this past year. With my previously drafted Johnny Manziel headed to Cleveland they need to surround him with as many as weapons as they can to make his transition as easy as possible. Quite a few receivers have been taken to this point and that leaves us to the next best available which is Brandin Cooks. If Marqise Lee were to fall this far, they could have a hard time deciding but either would be solid fits in Cleveland to help out Manziel and add to the receiver depth. With Brandin Cooks being the best available he falls to Cleveland here.

Stoney Keeley:

Upgrading on offense is paramount for the Browns this offseason. They’ll be drafting a quarterback high, and they signed Ben Tate to be the starting running back. With a No. 1 receiver in Josh Gordan and playmaking tight end, Jordan Cameron, in place, the missing piece is the dreaded  and ever-so-popular slot receiver.

Brandin Cooks has the size, speed, and reliability to be the prototypical NFL slot receiver, making this an easy choice for Cleveland should he still be on the board.  

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