Rd. 1 No. 1 overall: DE Myles Garrett
No surprise at all here. I would only be shocked If they didn’t draft Myles with the No. 1 pick. They will not pass on him. He’s a freak of nature. He’s extremely athletic, and he has better technique than most think. He’s the best player regardless of position in this draft. His pro comparisons are Julius Peppers and Trent Cole. I think he will be far better than either one. That’s saying something. He’s a player that The Browns can build their defense around.
Rd.1 No. 12 overall: QB Deshaun Watson
I know that the Browns are awful at developing Quarterbacks. Lucky for them Watson has the raw athleticism to take over a game. If the Browns simply cater to him by running a few plays that he ran for Clemson then they could become a sleeper team. Much like the Broncos did with Tim Tebow many years ago. They ran some of the plays that he ran in College, and he repaid them by taking The Broncos to The Playoffs in his first and final year as a starting QB. Watson has a much better arm and will last in NFL. If The Browns make this pick I wouldn’t be too terribly shocked to see them make the playoffs this season as a wildcard. if they don’t they will be very lucky to win 6 games.
Rd. 2: WR Isaiah Jones
The All-Time FBS receptions leader winds up with the Browns in this mock. While Kenny Britt was a pretty good pickup, Watson or whoever is throwing for Cleveland under a suddenly stout offensive line could use a second option to throw to. Britt is good. Jones is better. He should become a true number one option. Last year the young WR caught 158 passes for 1,746 yards and 8 Tds.
Rd. 2: (Their second pick in this Rd.): WR Cooper Kupp
The Browns have a bigger need a WR than most think. Kenny Britt should be productive for a year or two but is aging. Pairing Kupp up with Jones could be a talented duo for the Browns for at least half a decade. After tearing it up during The Senior Bowl, Kupp attracted national attention. Last year the underrated WR caught 117 passes for 1,700 yards and 17 Tds.
Rd.3: TE Jake Butt
The Browns could afford to get younger at TE, and Jake is a steal at this point in the draft. Every sports writer has mentioned how deep this years draft class is at CB, RB, and WR. While that is all true this is also a great year to use a day 2 pick on a TE, as this group is as deep as any. Perhaps the most underrated of all TEs in this class Jake Butt caught 46 passes for 546 yards and 4 Tds. He’s not just a good pass catcher but a good blocker as well. I actually think he’d be a second-round pick if it wasn’t for his last name. The talents there, but some journalists are going to have their fun with that name. I expect Jake to translate well to the next level, giving him the last laugh.
Rd. 4: RB Samaje Perine
Isaiah Crowell is a talented, and underrated back. The same can be said for Perine who is far less flashy than former teammate Joe Mixon. That said he has the skill set and the frame to excel in The NFL. He has a knack for churning out the tough yards.
Rd. 4 (Comp selection): DL Isaac Rochell
The Browns need to get younger and deeper along the defensive line, and there should be plenty of intriguing mid-round prospects to choose from. Rochell showed off his versatility, power and quickness during Senior Bowl practices, and could be a solid value here.
Rd. 5: (1 of 3): S Xavier Woods
This year’s safety class is loaded as well. which should push some quality talent into the later rounds. Woods should be a perfect example, as a well-rounded prospect with the skill set to quickly develop into a solid starter.
Rd. 5: (2 of 3): QB Chad Kelly
The Browns have such bad luck at this position that they would be wise to invest in 2 QBs in this year’s draft. Kelly has plenty of talent if he can stay healthy. He threw for 2,758 yards this year, but in 2015 threw for over 4,000 yards and 31 Tds.
Rd. 5: (3 of 3): LB Marquel Lee
Another athletic defender flying under the radar, Lee would be a great Day 3 target for any team looking for immediate special teams help with starter upside. The 6-3, 240-pounder has racked up 284 tackles over the past three seasons, 41 of them behind the line of scrimmage.
Rd. 6: OL Will Holden
Holden has experience at both guard and tackle and was effective against some of the best competition the SEC had to offer. A strong performance at the East-West Shrine Game led to a late Senior Bowl invite and Holden wasted no time holding his own. If he’s available here, then this pick could potentially be a steal.
Rd. 7: No Pick
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