The NFL regular season has ended, which marks the true beginning of the NFL Draft season for fans of those teams who have not made the playoff field. As followers of the Cleveland Browns are apt to do, this transition has been prepared for throughout the season though the final placement of the draft selections was not solidified until Sunday.
Now that the picks are known, the mock drafts will begin in earnest. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller already has released his first full seven-round mock draft, and he avoids the question of if the Browns should take Myles Garrett or a quarterback by giving both to Cleveland in the first 12 picks.
With the first selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Miller believes that the Browns will not be able to pass up on a player whom he has given a higher grade than Joey Bosa or Jadeveon Clowney. Myles Garrett is a defensive end who can play both end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 in the NFL. He is 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds and dominated the collegiate field with both strength and speed. Despite the Browns previous issues with Texas A&M players in the first round, Garrett comes complete with a sparkling off the field resume that includes a humanitarian trip to Haiti with teammates.
Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, and even Josh Allen are all gone before the Browns pick again at No. 12, but Miller has the team selecting a quarterback anyway. A passer who was rated at or near the top of the NFL quarterback stocks before team struggles and some mechanical deficiencies wore the shine off his resume. The Fighting Irish had a terrible year though Kizer was obviously not at fault for all of their struggles. Still, Kizer did not exactly rise above the struggles of Notre Dame and his own inconsistencies added to the mess. The potential is still present, but there are significant issues that quarterback coach Pep Hamilton and head coach Hue Jackson would have to believe they could correct. Kizer feels like a reach at No. 12, but the NFL is a quarterback’s league, so the pick is quite possible.
Miller does his best to fill out the field in his first mock. The Browns do address needs on the offensive line and obtain a troubled-but-talented cornerback in Jalen Tabor in the second round.
Spending another three picks on pass catchers, however, while ignoring obvious needs along the defensive line and at safety would be troublesome unless these are bolstered in free agency. The Browns do need to trust their board to best utilize their assets, but they should move to ensure that the biggest issues on their team are also addressed as well.
- 33 CB Jalen Tabor, Florida
- 50 T Antonio Garcia, Troy
- 65 C Ethan Pocic, LSU
- 105 TE Gerald Everett, South Alabama
- 137c WR Fred Ross, Miss. State
- 146 LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville
- 178c EDGE Dylan Cole, Missouri State
- 187 G Isaac Asiata, Utah
- 238 WR Gabe Marks, Washington State