DraftTek is a fantastic resource for people interested in the upcoming NFL Draft. The site has one of the deepest databases of players and includes positional ranks, a big board, and full seven round mock drafts. The player ratings are weighted as are the team needs and an algorithm gives the best possible options for each selection. The team analyst then picks the player whom they believe fits best given an understanding of how that team has selected in the past. It is not a perfect system, but no system is. Overall, it is an educational tool that can help people learn more about the players and teams.
Despite ESPN’s best efforts to create a kerfuffle over the selection of defensive end Myles Garrett, WFNY has continued to slap away such obvious provocations. The remaining hot button topic for the Cleveland Browns to answer in the 2017 NFL Draft is if and when a quarterback should be selected. The matter of which quarterback extends from there. Expert guesses have been all over the map from some mocking Deshaun Watson with the No. 1 overall pick to others who see the Browns skipping on a quarterback in the early rounds to focus on the rest of the team. DraftTek hits on the middle ground as their current mock draft has North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky falling to the Browns in the second round.
No. 1 DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
The kind of elite performance I am talking about was like what Garrett did to UCLA. He was all over the field in that game and his presence was worth much more than the 3 tackles and single sack he was credited with. He was a catalyst for a defense that held what many feel is a future number-one overall pick (Josh Rosen) to a 19.4 QBR. That is the kind of defender that can single-handedly take over a game. That is what Cleveland should be taking first overall.
Another mock, another pick of Garrett in the No. 1 overall spot. He is the best player in this draft from an on field and off field perspective. The Browns haven’t had a chance to obtain such a dominant quarterback disruptor since they barely missed out on signing free agent Reggie White in the early 1990s. Garrett has elected to stay in Arlington Texas for the draft, so I hope that the Browns send an official spokesperson there to knock on his door and present him with the jersey.
No. 12 OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
I am still searching for the right fit at this pick. I keep coming back to Robinson and thinking that nobody with the exception of Leonard Fournette has the ability to immediately impact a rushing attack more than he does. Right tackles are not always valued as high as other positions but Robinson could be the best in the NFL within a year or two.
Robinson might not be the best left tackle in this particular class, but he has the power and ability to crush from the right side. The Browns do not have an obvious starter at right tackle, so unless they believe Shon Coleman can step in, Robinson makes a bunch of sense for the Browns. The offensive line continues to be a worry with injury situations surrounding Joel Bitonio and John Greco as well.
No. 33 QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
He is a project, but he also has the most potential of any QB in this class. I am not in favor of the Browns reaching for a QB, but if he is the best player on your board, why not?
There have been some calls for the Browns to trade up from the No. 12 pick to ensure they nab Mentor-native Trubisky, so having him fall all the way to No. 33 would be fantastic. Trubisky, like the other quarterbacks in this class, has demonstrated flashes of talent that could make him excel in the NFL. His consistency with those traits and lack of overall experience both as a starter and in a NFL-style offense are his most worrisome characteristics.
No. 52 FS Marcus Williams, Utah
The Browns missed Tashaun Gipson’s presence at safety this year. He had 14 interceptions in his four seasons in Cleveland and that is where Williams can help. He had 10 interceptions in his final two years at Utah, and that was despite missing some time to injuries in 2016.
DraftTek once again has the Browns taking the best player available in this slot. Williams is a fantastic talent though limited to the free safety role. Defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams values defenders who can make momentum-shifting plays, and he certainly has demonstrated a propensity in his career.
Other selections (compensatory picks not yet added)
No. 65 CB Desmond King, Iowa
No. 97 RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
No. 128 WR Carlos Henderson, LaTech
No. 158 OG Damien Mama, USC
No. 159 TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville
The Browns coming out of the 2017 NFL Draft with Garrett, Robinson, Trubisky, and Williams would be fantastic. King is another value addition in this mock though the rest of the players might struggle to find a role. The Browns need a franchise-changing draft. Adding a quarterback, quarterback harrasser, playmaking safety, and a solution at right tackle might fit that need well.