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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns Select Todd Gurley

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Now that the excitement of the Minnesota Vikings' selection is over, it's time for the Cleveland Browns and the first of their two first-round selections. The Browns have a bunch of needs that they can fill with this selection, and we have virtual GM Wayne Joseph ready to make their first selection. Let's get to it.

With the twelfth pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Cleveland Browns select. . .

Todd Gurley, running back, University of Georgia

Why did Mr. Joseph make the selection that he did? Well, let's find out.

This is a pick that in all actuality made itself. Everybody loves talking about the Cleveland Browns Quarterback situation as if the nightmare that it is is responsible for the lack of success of this organization. Todd Gurley is a player you can build an offense around. Without a QB worthy of this pick, no greater need than offensive production, and frankly the best player available still on the board, this pick is a no brainer, you could have gone with Kevin White or DeVante Parker, but neither would make the kind of impact that Todd Gurley will assuredly have upon this offense. A #1 Fantasy pick, and a signal that this organization will not build itself around the swing-and-a-miss of the Trent Richardson pick.

My Thoughts

There has been a lot of debate in recent weeks. . .and in recent years, if we're being honest. . .about the value of the running back position in today's National Football League. That makes it a little surprising that we're seeing our first running back off of the board at #12 after two consecutive drafts with no running backs going in the first round. (Last year, the first running back didn't come off the board until #54 overall, and the first one the year before that came off at #37.)

Until he got injured last season, Gurley was one of the most dynamic playmakers at any position in college football. If he's recovered from his knee injury, he's as complete a back that has come out of the college ranks in a long time. He runs with power between the tackles, has good speed, and catches the ball very well out of the backfield. He might have to "redshirt" a bit in 2015, depending on the state of his knee, but he could be a very good long-term selection for the Browns, particularly if they can't get their quarterback situation straightened out.

What do you think of this selection, folks?

Pick Team General Manager Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers kwarren3 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2 Tennessee Titans BVB fan Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars n s Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
4 Oakland Raiders DrivableGuide9 Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
5 Washington Redskins tep4 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 New York Jets cycloneallnightlong Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
7 Chicago Bears lateefthetruthspeaker Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
8 Atlanta Falcons berg03 Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
9 New York Giants thecraphead Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
10 St. Louis Rams VikesFanatic La'el Collins, OL, LSU
11 Minnesota Vikings e.vogel15 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
12 Cleveland Browns Wayne Joseph Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
13 New Orleans Saints Austin Blanch
14 Miami Dolphins SkolChad
15 San Francisco 49ers Malte
16 Houston Texans Vikes4lyfe
17 San Diego Chargers MDFDisc
18 Kansas City Chiefs Zach_The_Gamecock
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Wayne Joseph
20 Philadelphia Eagles AVeazey24
21 Cincinnati Bengals misterloveSKOL
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Typically Lazy
23 Detroit Lions just_rob
24 Arizona Cardinals Siberia101
25 Carolina Panthers SweetTooth
26 Baltimore Ravens lmoe12
27 Dallas Cowboys paulser21
28 Denver Broncos SpencerN
29 Indianapolis Colts CCNorseman
30 Green Bay Packers CCHOF5yearstoolate
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) Austin Blanch
32 New England Patriots raging_cloner