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McShay Mocks the Browns to land Allen, McKinley

Alabama Jonathan Allen

The Cleveland Browns may have an “astronomical grade” on Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, but at least one NFL draft analyst feels the team will go a different direction in the event they maintain their stronghold on the No. 1 pick in the 2017 selection show. ESPN’s Todd McShay, who released his first of a slew of mock drafts to be published between now and the spring, forecasts the Browns to go with Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen in what looks like a very defense-heavy first round.

While McShay doesn’t completely rule out Garrett as the guy, he does dispel any narrative that would put a quarterback at the top of the heap.

Let’s get this out of the way: No QB in this class is worth the No. 1 pick. The Browns just need more good football players. Allen is a total game-plan wrecker along the defense front (13 tackles for loss, 15 QB hurries). Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett also figures to be in the mix here.

Making matters a bit more interesting, despite all quarterbacks still being available with the Browns’ second first-round pick (currently tabbed for No. 9), McShay has the Browns loading up on more defense in the way of UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley.

Taking the versatile Jonathan Allen with the No. 1 overall pick would allow the Browns to target McKinley with the second of their first-round picks. The UCLA pass-rusher has elite speed off the edge, which has helped make him one of the biggest draft risers this season (18.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks in 11 games). Florida State RB Dalvin Cook also could be in the conversation here for an offense that will be looking for more home run hitters.

Big Savings for Big Fans at Fanatics.comIn the top 32, McShay has 21 players being selected on the defensive side of the ball. For those wondering what the quarterback situation looks like, McShay doesn’t have a pass-hurler being selected until the No. 30 pick when Kansas City selects Cleveland native Mitch Trubisky, meaning both Clemson’s Dehaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer (who the Browns have recently been linked to) would be available for the Browns’ first selection at the top of the second round.

For what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus’ recently published mock has the Browns going with Garrett at No. 1 and Trubisky at No. 9. It’s safe to expect a cavalcade of combinations in future mocks, but when you have a team with so, so many holes, anything is possible.

  • mgbode

    missed Osemele last FA period though (dancing bear was one of my all-time favorite draft prospects – at least he is no longer a Raven)

  • dwhit110

    Faine, to my recollection anyways was a big disappointment until he got out of Cleveland, hence why they brought in Bentley (a completely different kind of disappointment) and shipped Faine off to NO, whichever season that was… 2006?

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi WOOF … i wouldn’t trade down at all if possible , but if we can gain another 2nd round pick & only have to move down 2 or 3 spots , it might not be too bad. we’d still have 2 picks in the top 10.

  • dwhit110

    Pettine and O’Neil would have loved him! (Visions of Kruger dropping into pass coverage…)

  • mgbode

    Well, I always liked Faine. He did well. There was also Fowler who had mixed reports then kicked butt for the Giants.

    Bentley was just another level. Had to take that risk (no one thought it a risk at the time).

  • Saggy

    I smell what you’re stepping in…

  • Saggy

    Kam Chancellor, Jr. Gonna have to trade up to get this kid with the Philly pick. Worth it, if you ask me.

  • Saggy

    The last few years in MLB, versatility has become one of the most important things. Look at the remaining FAs this winter so far: Trumbo, Encarnacion, Carter, and more. All one-trick ponies – NOT versatile.

    Just so happens that the Browns have a former MLB guy at the top of their staff. Hmmm……

  • woofersus

    It won’t hurt my feelings if they pick a guy they love at #1, but if I’m them I’m hoping to trade down inside the top 3-6 range (depending on grades) and pick up an extra high value pick this year as well as next year. I know history shows the very best players do tend to be clustered at the very top of the draft, and you need some of those guys. But I’m also a huge believer in quantity theory. Much of the draft is a statistical crapshoot, and the teams that draft best are usually the teams that draft most.