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Matt Miller provides his “perfect draft” for the Cleveland Browns

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The NFL Draft is still two months away, but plenty of writers, reporters, and analysts have been trying to predict the picks that each team will make. Whether it’s off of their big board or just their mock draft, plenty of people have tried their hand at projecting who will go where and at what pick.

One of the handful of writers who are very well respected when looking ahead to the draft is Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. Tuesday night, while responding to plenty of questions from people around the Twitterverse, he was asked a very good question about the Browns: What would be the perfect scenario for them in the first two rounds.

His answer? Select defensive end Myles Garrett No. 1, then follow up with cornerback Quincy Wilson, quarterback Pat Mahomes, and Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan.

No. 1: Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

Effectively a consensus first-overall selection by any and all writers across the NFL (save for this guy), Garrett would be a game-changer on the Browns’ defensive front. He would give the team a legitimate edge rusher that they haven’t had in years, and on a cost-controlled contract.

In his third and final season as an Aggie, Garrett finished with 32 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 15 tackles for loss in just 10 games. His numbers aren’t eye-popping, but part of the reason for that was due to the fact that the defensive end was double- or even triple-teamed for much of the season. The defensive end has the speed, strength, and athletic ability to dominate in the NFL.

Garrett is the top player on Miller’s Big Board.

No. 12: Florida CB Quincy Wilson

No. 8 on Miller’s Big Board (No. 1 cornerback), he believes Wilson is the most NFL-ready CB, with the best man coverage and potential. In short, he would be quite the talent to get at No. 12 and would give the Browns a legitimate cornerback to put opposite of Joe Haden and/or be the team’s top defensive back for years to come. Going back-to-back playmakers on defense would be a huge gift for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

As a junior at Florida, Wilson finished with 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three interceptions (one pick six), and six passes defended. At 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, Wilson has the body type to be elite in the league.

No. 33: Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes

In search of a quarterback and due to the draft not having a legitimate top quarterback this season, Maholmes not only his the size to be a NFL quarterback, but he has the arm and build as well.

While at Texas Tech, his stats improved drastically all three seasons. As a junior, he completed 388-of-591 passes for 5,052 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 10 interceptiions. The 6-foot-3, 230 pound gunslinger would provide head coach Hue Jackson with a QB that he can develop himself and also one that does not have to start from Day 1, rather ease his way into the NFL game.

Mahomes is No. 54 on Miller’s Big Board, so this could be quite a reach for the quarterback. But if the Browns are confident that he could be their guy down the road, no pick is too high for the gunslinger.

No. 52: Ohio State MLB Raekwon McMillan

A former Buckeye, many Browns fans were able to see what McMillan could do on most Saturdays in the fall. Whether it was step back in pass coverage or get into the opponent’s backfield, he really could do it all. In his third and final season in Columbus in 2016, the junior finished with 102 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, and five passes defended.

McMillan is No. 42 on Miller’s Big Board and considered the best strong-side linebacker and fourth-best LB overall.

Although the Browns need plenty of help at other positions, being able to grab talent like this at No. 52 would be impressive. A linebacking core of McMillan, Jamie Collins, and Christian Kirksey that they could build around for years to come? I’ll take that.


Many mock drafts and projections could change following the combine, but as of right now, this is what Miller believes would be the perfect scenario for the Browns heading into the draft in late April.

The first round of the draft will begin April 27.

  • mgbode

    We have Kessler who is a better version of Kaaya. Not sure why we would double-down there.

  • mgbode

    there are other guys I like a bit better than Humphrey but I’d be happy with either draft, yes.

  • mgbode
  • Hopwin

    I meant who played college ball in Texas, not where they were born.

  • CBiscuit

    Now on the other hand…let’s talk about that statslinger from Texas!

  • mgbode

    How does Drew Brees playing in a spread offense in a different state matter?

  • Hopwin

    I think you picked the wrong argument 🙂

    Purdue has traditionally been called the ‘Cradle of Quarterbacks’,[5] having produced NFL stars Cecil Isbell, Dale Samuels, Bob DeMoss, NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Len Dawson, NFL Hall of Famer Bob Griese, Mike Phipps, Gary Danielson, Mark Herrmann, Scott Campbell, Jim Everett, Eric Hunter, Billy Dicken, Kyle Orton and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees. Purdue QBs have thrown more touchdowns in the NFL than any other university, 1,311 at the end of the 2010 season. In 2011, there were three starting quarterbacks in the NFL from Purdue: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, Kyle Orton of the Dallas Cowboys, and Curtis Painter of the New York Giants.[6] The team is currently coached by Gerad Parker.

    In contrast, Texas colleges are known collectively as the “Cradle of Browns Future One-and-Done Quarterbacks.”

  • tigersbrowns2

    Chris Wormley went to high school here in Toledo , just like Kizer … he played both basketball & football & is a tremendous athlete for his size.

  • mgbode

    please tell me what ANY of those past Purdue QBs has anything to do with Brees playing a spread-O passing offense?

    unless you are a big fan of Kyle Orton?

  • Jaker

    I agree with the first 3 picks (there will be better value available at 33, I like PH a whole lot and would love him there), but even though Raekwon is great value, I think we would be better off drafting elsewhere. Getting a 3rd really good LB seems like a luxury pick; I guess it depends on how FA goes.

  • Jaker

    he’s 6’3

  • CBiscuit

    Yeah, but with or without afro?

    PS. Josh sneakily edited it. It originally listed him as 6’1.

  • Jaker

    Well that site is dangerous! However I think I need to hone in the specs cuz Fournette was available at 33

  • jpftribe

    Interesting. I just unfollowed. 🙂

  • jpftribe

    IF they do, it will not be for a QB. It will be for Garrett.

  • Garry_Owen

    Which is why we should not entertain the thought!

  • jpftribe

    Yes, very cool and not surprising Junior would do it. He’s a modern good ole boy if there ever was one.

  • jpftribe

    I just did one.
    Garrett, Solomon Thomas, Budda Baker and Adoree Jackson.

    Trubisky was picked No 2 by SF. Watson to the Bills at 10. Mahomes went to Pittsburgh at 30. Kizer to the Bears at 36. Interesting.

  • Saggy

    Curtis Painter was not a starting quarterback. He was a quarterback that started.

  • jpftribe

    Cosell is usually pretty conservative evaluating QB’s. Eludes to Trubisky possibly being a better prospect.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/greg-cosells-nfl-draft-breakdown-accomplished-deshaun-watson-has-areas-to-work-on-164552341.html

  • Saggy

    But it’s not like he’s throwing anything.

  • mgbode

    He’s throwing his weight around!

  • mgbode

    I confirmed he made a typo and fixed it.

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  • scripty

    I think that hip injury is going to dirty his profile up a lot. I think the need is high but dont think we should invest at 12 with that injury risk. No slight to Ramcyk but I want to win the battle of value and career potential on a top 15 pick.

  • Jaker

    OK, after doing 2 of these Fanspeak drafts I’ve found our ideal draft. My favorite draft was the “Value Pick” Draft, which went as followed…

    01-DE Myles Garrett, TXAM
    12-FS Malik Hooker, OSU
    Obviously landing 2 of the top 6 defenders in the draft is an absolute steal, and this isn’t even that crazy when you consider how Hooker fell (2 QBs/ 2 WRs in top 10). They are arguably the top 2 players and they fill two needs. If this happens We already won the draft after 12 picks. I cannot actually imagine a better 1st.

    33-QB Deshaun Watson, CLEM
    52-LB Raekwon McMillan, OSU
    65-OC/OG Pat Elflein, OSU
    Could have gone Watson/Mahomes or Caleb Brantley at 33, but if it plays out like this, Hue won’t wait any longer for “his guy” (which may actually be Mahomes). McMillan wouldn’t be my first choice here, but seeing how he’s much better than a lot of the guys available, and how many decent DBs are left, it was worth the luxury. Elflein can fill either a G or C spot depending upon what we do in FA, and considering our injured Guards, his versatility a plus. Getting 3 possible long time starters, including QB would be money for Day 2.

    106-CB Cam Sutton, TENN
    141-TE Michael Roberts, TOL
    Waiting on CB turned out to be ok as Cam Sutton is being way overlooked in a deep CB draft. Roberts has gotten a lot of buzz as an athlete with good hands and a very good blocker. Deep TE class pushes him down the board and makes him a value pick. 2 guys with solid floors and pretty high ceilings in round 4 is more cherry on the Sundae.

    146-WR Chris Godwin, PSU
    176-RB Corey Clement, WIS
    180-QB Josh Dobbs, TENN
    186-EDGE Avery Moss, YSU
    In the 5th and 6th the Browns add some really interesting guys. I think Godwin arrives at camp ahead of Payton/Louis/Higgins and gets meaningful snaps early on. Clement at this point is an absolute steal and could eventually be “the guy” after Crow. Dobbs would be the second QB taken, but Hue seemed to really like him at the Senior Bowl and the kid is bright, has talent, and played in the SEC. Worth the late flyer. And Moss was a Pelini guy at NEB with some talent and someone to keep an eye on.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi JAKER … good post. i would be more than happy with these picks. these picks addressed some major needs & are excellent value as well … i live in Toledo , so i’m a homer , but TE Michael Roberts is going to be the sleeper TE in this draft. he is special.

    you also ended-up with some good athletes late in the draft in Godwin & Clement … well done, sir.

  • tigersbrowns2

    … and 3 Buckeyes !!

  • paulbip

    Trade down with SF or Chi and take Allen. Take Mahomes at 33. Foster may last till 12 then take him.

  • Hopwin

    Some days I dream of what might have been if we had acquired The Ort.

  • mgbode

    We did, we just called him Colt McCoy

  • Hopwin

    Was Colt a Purdue guy too?

  • Jaker

    such a deep draft. if we can land that type of talent at the top that also fills big needs, it would be nice to just sit back and constantly take the best players available… hoping we grab at least one starting OL in FA so we don’t feel the need to draft one

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  • Bogey

    I could dig it… ideally if they’re going BPA the way it shakes out could be: Garrett, OJ Howard, Sidney Jones/Tradavius White, then Budda Baker.

    Then at top of R3 go Elflein or Orlovsky.

    Roll with Kessler in 17 man, maybe take a shot at a guy like Josh Dobbs R4

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