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.
What a great pro bowl!! AFC wins and I double my yearly win total all in the same night!
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) January 30, 2017
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.