This year's class of wide receivers is filled with amazing talent. With the NFL changing to a passing friendly league, the Browns need to look at adding a few guys that will complement Josh Gordon. Last year, Greg Little and Davone Bess didn't do a great job of holding onto the ball. Opposing teams had it easy when preparing their defenses against the Browns. If you wanted to shut down the offense, shut down Josh Gordon. Hopefully, the Browns are able to get one or even two of the following rookies to help out.
#1 Sammy Watkins- Clemson
Sammy Watkins is by far one of the best going into the draft. Watkins stands at 6'1", 205 pounds, and runs a 4.47 40 yard dash. In the Orange Bowl, he made the Ohio State defense look like they were standing still raking in 227 yards and 2 touchdowns. Watkins has the ability to kick it into another gear and burn by defenders. Watkins is able to make a simple screen pass into a touchdown or burn by corners in man to man coverage. He is projected to go very early in the draft (top 10) after his bowl win. Talk is there that if the Browns don't fall in love with one of the top 3 quarterbacks, then they may take Watkins to complement Josh Gordon.
#2 Mike Evans
Mike Evans is the next best receiver in this years draft. It isn't hard when you have a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback throwing to you, or the fact you are 6'5" and weigh 225 pounds. Evans has that big play ability obviously. They are projecting Evans to go mid to late first round. In the comeback bowl game win over Duke, Evans only was able to get 4 catches, but for 72 yards. The Browns would love to have a guy like this with their second pick in the first round. He would be able to distract teams and open the field more. If the Browns get Johnny Manziel with their first pick, look for them to maybe to take Evans with that second pick.
#3 Marqise Lee- USC
Marqise Lee is another wide receiver that is a probable first rounder. Lee had a terrific year capped off by an amazing bowl game. Lee finished the Vegas Bowl with 118 receiving yards and 2 touchdown grabs. Lee has a good size at 6'0", and 190 pounds. He is a speedy wide out, running a 4.49 40 yard dash. Lee is projected to go in the mid to late first round with Mike Evans. The Browns may get lucky, if he drops to them with the Colts pick in the late first round.
#4 Kelvin Benjamin
Everyone is raving about the 6'5", 225 pound Benjamin. Benjamin is the #4 wide out on the board and is projected to go late in the first round. People are concerned with his dropped passes throughout the season, but that is something that he can work on during the off season. Benjamin only had 54 yards in the National Championship game, but he grabbed the game winning touchdown with only :13 seconds left. Benjamin is a risk, but the Browns took a risk on Gordon, and that paid off.
#5 Allen Robinson- Penn State
Allen Robinson came in next on the board. He is another tall guy, coming in at 6'3" and 210 pounds. Robinson has turned heads while at Penn State, even after the whole scandal. Robinson will most likely go in the second round, but still is a decent wide receiver. The Browns will probably only look for him if they don't get a guy in the first round, or wait and see if he drops to the third round.
#6 Jordan Matthews- Vanderbilt
Jordan Matthews is a guy I chose to come in at #6. After watching him go for 143 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in the BBVA Compass Bowl, he looked like an NFL receiver. At 6'3" and 205 pounds, he has the size as well to go against most corners in the league. He also has similar speed to Evans, Benjamin, and Robinson. Most boards have him going in the second round, but look for him more to be a third round guy. This could be an under the radar pick for the Browns, with two picks in the third.
L'Damian Washington is my first late round pick. His speed (4.39 40 yard dash) and size (6'4, 205 pounds) make him look like an NFL quarterback. he is ranked #25 on the board, but I see him breaking out in the next few years. He was on a team full of good wide outs at Missouri. They won their bowl game against a tough Oklahoma State team and was ranked #8 at the end of the year in the BCS standings. If the Browns are desperate in the later rounds, look for them to take a chance on him.
Cody Hoffman is another guy that has the size and speed to play in the NFL, but won't go until a later round. He is another guy like Washington, who is big, fast and could make an early impact on the right team. At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Hoffman had 167 yards in the Fight Hunger Bowl. He is another guy that will be there in rounds 5-7 to look at.
Marcus Lucas- Missouri
Marcus Lucas is another guy that is lower on the draft boards, but has the size and speed that can't be passed up. At 6'4" and 220 pounds, teams may look at Lucas as a late rounder, or a free agent pick up. Like the other Missouri wide out, didn't have great numbers because they spread out the wealth to everyone.
Kevin Norwood comes last on this list because of his talent. Alabama has had good players come out of their in the past few years, and look at Norwood to surprise people. At 6'1" and 190 pounds, Norwood proved over his career that he is a winner. He has become one of AJ McCarron's favorite targets. He is another guy that may go in the late rounds or needs to be picked up on free agency.