Leading up to the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns are one of the best teams to mock for as they have 4 picks in the top 50. I believe the Cleveland Browns are finally headed in the right direction after collecting key draft capital in last years draft, this years draft, and in future drafts. In 2017, the Browns are in position to take one of the better pass rushing prospects this generation has ever seen in Myles Garrett.
Hue Jackson told everyone last year to “trust him” when it came to selecting Cody Kessler in the third round. The Browns also acquired Brock Osweiler this off-season via trade. I really think that Coach Hue Jackson is going to let these two compete for the starting job and wait to draft a quarterback in 2018. The best thing this franchise can do is continue to build talent around the quarterback position, that way the transition is much easier for future quarterbacks.
Round One (1): Myles Garrett EDGE, Texas A&M: The first overall pick is an easy one for the Cleveland Browns. Myles Garrett is most consider a generational talent who will play 95% of the snaps from day one. Garrett has all pro potential and should have an early impact on what is becoming a very stout Cleveland front seven.
Round One (12): Jabrill Peppers S, Michigan: Jabrill Peppers is the perfect fit for Gregg Williams’ attacking style defense. Peppers can play SS and even FS in cover 2 schemes. Williams gets his chest piece in Peppers and can use him all over the field allowing him to make plays in both the run and pass game. Peppers will also provide special teams help as a gunner, punt returner and kick returner.
Round Two (33): Evan Engram TE, Ole Miss: Evan Engram is labeled a tight end by many but he is really just a bigger wide receiver. I’m under the impression that Hue Jackson and company are going to give Cody Kessler another shot as the starting quarterback. Evan Engram will give Kessler another young weapon to work with.
Round Two: Chidobe Awuzie CB, Colorado: Chidobe Awuzie is a versatile, physical and athletic defensive back. Awuzie can play inside, outside, off, press and some think he can play safety. Joe Haden would love to have a running mate in Cleveland, I’m sure he would approve of this pick.
Round Three: Desmond King S, Iowa: The Browns get another chess piece in Desmond King who can play both safety positions and corner back. King, Peppers, Awuzie all learning under the veteran Joe Haden would be an absolute ideal situation for Cleveland. You can have King play FS next to Peppers and even have him come down to cover slot WR’s and TE’s. It’s important that the Browns continue to draft leaders, like Desmond King, in order to keep this franchise headed in the right direction.
Round Four: Eddie Vanderdoes DT, UCLA: Vanderdoes is a versatile DT who can both two gap and one gap. Vanderdoes can play 0/1 technique, 5 technique and even kick inside to the 3 technique position in even fronts. Drafting Vanderdoes would give the Browns a solid base 3-4 defensive line when you add him to the company of Danny Shelton and Emmanuel Ogbah.
Round Five: Shelton Gibson WR, WVU: The Browns essentially replaced Terrelle Pryor for Kenny Britt this off-season. Gibson is one of the better deep threat receivers in the entire class and could really help open things up for Britt, Engram and Corey Coleman underneath.
Round Five: Ryan Switzer WR, North Carolina: It was time for the Browns to move on from Andrew Hawkins and they did just that this off-season. They will be looking to replace Hawkins in this upcoming draft and Switzer can be that guy. Switzer is small but crafty receiver who uses pre-snap intelligence and savvy route running to find windows in opposing defenses.
Round Five: De’Angelo Henderson RB, Coastal Carolina: Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson aren’t a bad little tandem but NFL teams should always be looking to draft a running back. Henderson is the most prestigious running back in Coastal Carolina history and should have an easy transition into the NFL. Henderson is a mature RB who wins with vision and lateral agility that allows him to get the most out of each and every carry.
Round Six: Isaac Rochell DL, Notre Dame: It’s hard to find run stuffing defensive lineman in this league and Rochell can do just that. Rochell doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher but he can really anchor and two gap against the run. Rochell’s run stuffing ability should allow him to stick on an NFL roster for a long time.
Round Six: Jeremy Cutrer CB, Middle Tennessee: Cutrer has the length and physicality to play on the outside and foot quickness/fluidity to play on the inside at the next level. Cutrer gives the Cleveland Browns depth at a position of major need. Cutrer has the instincts and versatility to really push for a key role in an NFL secondary.