Mock draft: Seahawks go with Minnesota DT

Mock draft: Seahawks go with Minnesota DT

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Oct 26, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman (99) gets ready before a snap in the second half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 34-23.

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by BRENT SOBLESKI / USA TODAY Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM

With three months remaining until the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns decided to dismiss the team’s CEO and general manager. Ray Farmer, formerly the team’s assistant general manager, will now lead the organization as general manager.

It won’t be an easy task for Farmer. He has a massive decision to make with the No. 4 overall selection in May’s draft. The Browns desperately need an upgrade at quarterback. It will be the most important decision for the franchise as it moves forward.

The three most likely options are Lousville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCF’s Blake Bortles. Bortles seems the logical choice of the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick, and Manziel may not be available at No. 4.

If Jaguars’ head coach Gus Bradley, who previously served as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, sees some Russell Wilson in Manziel, the Browns may actually be left with the best option to fit their needs.

Farmer discussed what he looks for in a quarterback during an interview at the Senior Bowl with the Browns Radio Network’s Dustin Fox:

“The No. 1 and most critical variable is the ability to make decisions. How quickly he can decipher what’s going on, what’s happening, what’s the defense doing, where is the rush coming form. How much information can you process in two and a half seconds. … And it’s not just about those two and a half. It’s the five seconds at the line of scrimmage. It’s while you’re standing in the huddle, you’re mentally going through situations.”

Bridgewater is the most advanced passer among the quarterbacks discussed. Part of the reason he’s considered a top quarterback prospect is due to his football intelligence. Bridgewater is a highly regarded student in the class room, and he was given full autonomy within the Cardinals’ offense.

The Cardinals went as far as Bridgewater took them, and he could do the same in Cleveland with the Browns.

Now on to this week’s mock draft…

1. Texans
Blake Bortles, QB  UCF

2. Rams (from WASH)
Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

3. Jaguars
Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

4. Browns
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

5. Raiders
Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

6. Falcons
Greg Robinson, OT Auburn

7. Buccaneers
Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo

8. Vikings
Derek Carr, QB Fresno State

9. Bills
Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

10. Lions
Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State

11. Titans
Anthony Barr, LB UCLA

12. Giants
Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame

13. Rams
Calvin Pryor, S Louisville

14. Bears
Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State

15. Steelers
Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M

16. Cowboys
Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh

17. Ravens
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama

18. Jets
Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina

19. Dolphins
Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

20. Cardinals
Dee Ford, DE Auburn

21. Packers
Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State

22. Eagles
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama

23. Chiefs
Marqise Lee, WR USC

24. Bengals
Jason Verrett, CB TCU

25. Chargers
Kony Ealy, DE Missouri

26. Browns (from IND)
C.J. Mosley, LB Alabama

27. Saints
Morgan Moses, OT Virginia

28. Panthers
Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU

29. Patriots
Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech

30. 49ers
Louis Nix III, NT Notre Dame

31, Broncos
David Yankey, OG Stanford

32. Seahawks
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota

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