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NFL Draft: Walter Football mocks Watson at No. 52 to Browns

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Nothing but wins in 2017 for the Cleveland Browns. The coaches navigated the South squad of the Senior Bowl to a victory, and Joe Thomas participated in an AFC win during the Pro Bowl. Sure, these games were exhibitions, but they are still twice the amount of victories than the Browns had in 2016 including the August exhibition tilts.

With the Shrine Bowl also completed, the real football portion of the NFL Draft evaluations is in the books. Some players were able to undoubtedly make an impression on the Browns coaches at the Senior Bowl. Having hands-on attention to see how they responded to direction for the week. Other players fell or possibly even caused themselves to be removed from the board.

No one knows for sure what the list is in Berea, but many do their best to evaluate the talent. One of the longer tenured NFL Draft sites is Walter Football. Their latest three-round mock draft from Charlie Campbell would be considered another win by many Browns fans as they have a certain national champion quarterback falling to the Browns fourth selection.

No. 1 DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

Myles Garrett is the best player in the 2017 NFL Draft and has been No. 1 on my big board since the start of the 2017 NFL Draft process, so I wouldn’t knock a team for taking him and targeting a quarterback on Day 2.

No. 12 OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well.

Ramczyk underwent hip surgery to repair a torn labrum after the Cottom Bowl. If you are also a fan of the Cleveland Indians and Michael Brantley’s year-and-a-half recovery from a labrum surgery (shoulder) scares you off Ramczyk at No. 12, then welcome to the club. The risk outweighs the cost high in a draft with many great talents.

Coupling the labrum issue is that Ramczyk is best suited for left tackle. He is nimble and fleet-footed, but lacks the requisite punch Hue Jackson prefers in his right tackles. Cam Robinson is much more the style of tackle that would best fit in with the Browns.

No. 33 S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut

Melifonwu is viewed as a size/speed freak who some teams don’t feel plays up to that skill set. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder has ideal size with length to help defend receivers. He is expected to be a workout warrior, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he is a combine star. Melifonwu had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl to start a buzz about him.

Obi is a darling of the scouting world. There are times when his other-worldly athleticism pop off the film as if he’s in 3-D while everyone around him is on the two-dimensional plane. The issue is that he can play out of position trying to do too much on the field. It will take a strong coach to reel in his athleticism to create true football skill. The other issue is that the Browns are more of in need of a free rather than strong safety, but they might take whoever they feel is the better talent.

No. 52 QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson

There are a lot of quarterback-desperate teams that could push him higher than where he should go. I know multiple playoff teams that are grading him in Round 3. One said they had him as a third-, fourth-rounder. A couple other teams told me they grade him in Round 2, but wouldn’t be surprised if Watson was taken late in Round 1, like the Vikings did with Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Watson not deserving a first-round grade is not as uncommon a sentiment as the post-championship buzz would have you believe. He still has the same issues that plagued him throughout the regular season even with a blazing final touch to his college career. However, it would be quite the surprise if no team took the gamble on him before pick No. 52. If somehow he did drop, then the Browns will have obtained yet another win for 2017.

  • Garry_Owen

    http://media.giphy.com/media/SmoCFhZCi1kzu/giphy.gif
    Also, is it a bad thing that I had NO CLUE that the Pro Bowl had been played?

  • RGB

    Based on how the players fall in his draft, mine would look like this:
    1. There is only MYLES
    12. Ramczyk
    33. Peppers (Just say no to workout warriors.)
    52. I would be ok with Watson here, but Budda Baker would be my choice.

  • Jaker

    I find myself on Walterfootball.com almost daily this time of year. While I disagree with some of their mocks, their player evals are usually pretty deep. And while I don’t think Watson makes it to 52, I do think he has a chance of being available in the mid 20’s, maybe where we trade up from 33? (I’m personally ok taking a shot with him at 12 if Hue has him as a Franchise guy)

  • mgbode

    With the 22nd selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

    And, agreed on WF. A great resource with a ton of information. I don’t really care for mocks other than those that give their reasoning with which to educate & theorize on possibilities. Even when I disagree (like Watson making it to 52), I appreciate the thought process they use.

  • mgbode

    Odd you put Peppers w/ that statement because he should WOW people at the combine.

  • mgbode

    I only saw the Dodgeball game. And, it was glorious.

  • Garry_Owen

    There was dodgeball?? How did I miss THAT?

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  • RGB

    I’m sure he’ll be fantastic at the combine, but I don’t anticipate him improving his draft stock based soley upon the pajama olympics, like Obi Melifonwu. Hence the term workout warrior.
    Film doesn’t lie.

  • BenRM

    Yup. I’m a big fan of the ol’ WF myself.

  • Garry_Owen

    No way. Seriously, this should be what the Pro Bowl is. I mean, lately, it’s been it’s own version of dodgeball. They should just go all in.

  • Jaker

    Unfortunately that number is off limits haha. And yea, I know Mocks are generally way off after the top half of round 1, but I do appreciate the reasoning they use. They definitely give a good view of the range and to which teams players may go to.

  • Jaker

    I’m hoping we address OL in Free Agency so we can avoid it in the draft. This draft is deep on CB and is top heavy with S and DL, would hate to see us reach for a OT with so many (additional) needs elsewhere. And I’m still hoping Shon Coleman gets a shot at RT.

  • mgbode

    Agreed. Nothing but skill competitions. Ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, obstacles courses. That is all I want to see.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi … i told you Ramczyk was getting some love. another big , solid O-lineman from Wisconsin … how can you go wrong ?

    does anyone really think Watson will fall to #52 ?? somebody will reach for him & it will probably be the Browns.

  • mgbode

    Oh, I know he is getting love. I just don’t want to pick a guy who is rehabbing hip surgery in the top half of Round 1.

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  • tigersbrowns2

    #12 is so up in the air … i’ve seen Ramczyk , Fourcette , Watson , Kizer , Trubisky , D.Cook , R. Foster & others … they ALMOST can’t screw this up.

  • mgbode

    Hahahaha

  • Jaker

    This is a good draft to have 1 &12. Someone VERY good at football will be there at 12. Hopefully it’s someone at a position of need as well.

  • Garry_Owen

    I honestly cannot wait until your “how the Browns screw up the draft” article. Please assure me that this is a thing in our near future.

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  • mgbode

    Already in motion for Friday.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MG … yeah , yeah , i know … but if they STAY at #1 & #12 they really can’t screw it up … maybe i should say they WON’T screw it up.

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  • RGB

    We’re still waiting on the conclusion of the fish story.

  • JNeids

    The mention of Michael Brantley was enough to scare me off Ramczyk. You appear to be a little more confident.

  • RGB

    More like optimistic.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, just like Chris Tabor, I have to maintain some level of value that keeps my presence on this site relevant. For Chris Tabor, it’s some dirty secret from or about every head coach. For me, it’s the fish story that defines Chris Tabor.

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