- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Many have speculated that the Cleveland Browns' top two targets in the 2013 draft were Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and LSU pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo. How would the Browns' draft board change if the 2014 class had been eligible? That's where ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. chimes in. He remixes the NFL draft in an Insider post.
Kiper thinks Bridgewater would be a possibility at No. 2 for the Jacksonville Jaguars and at No. 3 for the Oakland Raiders. It likely would've been too expensive for the Browns to trade up from No. 6, especially when they didn't have a second-round selection. Still, Bridgewater would make Cleveland think harder about doing something that drastic than Geno Smith.
The more realistic scenario is choosing between Mingo and Barr. According to Kiper, Barr is arguably a better pass-rusher than Jordan, who was taken No. 3 overall. Considered a perfect fit for a 3-4 outside linebacker, Barr finished second in the nation with 13.5 sacks and ranked fourth with 21.5 tackles for loss. "There's certainly the possibility he beats out Barkevious Mingo as the No. 6 pick to Cleveland," Kiper wrote.
Kiper also unveiled his first 2014 NFL draft Big Board. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney tops the list, and three quarterbacks (Bridgewater, Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel) are in the top 25.