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2014 NFL Mock Draft: QB Derek Carr to the Cleveland Browns with the 26th pick

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With the 26th pick in the 2014 Mile High Report Community Mock Draft, Cleveland Browns GM Whorfin selects..

The Browns need a quarterback to take them into the future. The recent signings of Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen to compete with Brian Hoyer demonstrate their desperation; however, none of these quarterbacks have the skills necessary to lift the Browns out of the cellar. Brian Hoyer threw three interceptions and five touchdowns in three games last season, managing a QBR of 82.1, and neither of the two new signings have started a game in years. After selecting incredibly talented receiver, Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick, providing the team with a scary tandem of wide-outs, the Browns must select a quarterback to throw to Watkins and fellow Browns receiver, Josh Gordon.

With the 26th overall pick in the 2014 Mile High Report Community Mock Draft, the Cleveland Browns select...

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Writes Whorfin: "Derek Carr is the best remaining quarterback in this draft. Carr racked up impressive stats in Fresno State's spread offense and screen-heavy passing game, albeit against porous defenses. In 2013, he threw for 5,082 yards and 50 touchdowns, had a 69% completion rate and only 8 interceptions. His worst game came in the final game of his college career, against USC, where Carr struggled to get the ball downfield.

Carr is pocket passer with a good feel for pressure and the ability to roll out and throw on the run. His efficiency drops with pressure, completing 31% when hurried or hit. That being said, it will still be an improvement over Hoyer's completion percentage. The real issue is whether or not OC Kyle Shanahan, son of former Broncos HC Mike Shanahan, will adjust his system to take advantage of Carr's skills and pocket presence.

The signing of two "mobile" QBs seems to indicate otherwise. Since I am Cleveland's GM today, I will take this opportunity to also fire Kyle Shanahan, thus solving that problem."

Firing Shanahan, is extremely unlikely, and equally controversial; however, the selection of Derek Carr is most certainly a smart choice in this position. The New Orleans Saints are now on the clock...

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  2. St. Louis Rams (3amigosriseagain) - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Jon Heath) - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
  4. Cleveland Browns (Mad Mel) - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
  5. Oakland Raiders (Mancar) - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
  6. Atlanta Falcons (DeBroGermany) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Old Numero 7) - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
  8. Minnesota Vikings (WYOrangeCrush) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
  9. Buffalo Bills (Arimaris) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
  10. Detroit Lions (OregonBronco) - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
  11. Tennessee Titans (C-Pain) - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
  12. New York Giants (DROPSWITCH) - Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
  13. St. Louis Rams (Nastyj) - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
  14. Chicago Bears (rstabenau) - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, UCLA
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers (christiandomis) - Darqueze Denard, CB Michigan State
  16. Dallas Cowboys (ElwayFanJ) - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
  17. Baltimore Ravens (mikebirty) - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
  18. New York Jets (FlyingJet12) - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
  19. Miami Dolphins (@CPru37t) - Zack Martin, T/G, Notre Dame
  20. Arizona Cardinals (Braden.Montgomery) - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
  21. Green Bay Packers (pmmojo) - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
  22. Philadelphia Eagles (Joseph Mahoney) - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
  23. Kansas City Chiefs (blazezeal) - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
  24. Cincinnati Bengals (Alec474) - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
  25. San Diego Chargers (boltfanindenver) - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
  26. Cleveland Browns (Whorfin) - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
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