The Cleveland Browns completed the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft with some crafty maneuvering to add three selections to their roster, while also adding another first round pick for 2018 (a total of six picks in Round 1 and Round 2 next year). Some cheered the moves, while others worried about them. Either way, the Browns will be on the clock again Friday night as they currently hold the No. 52 pick in the second round along with the No. 65 pick in the third round.
WFNY’s Joe Gilbert already gave a good list of players he would like to see become future Browns. My list for Day 2 was different enough that it felt worthy of sharing.
Feel free to share your own in the comments of either article.
Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame: The Browns still have Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler, and Kevin Hogan as the quarterbacks on the depth chart. While I believe Kessler is better than many give him credit for being, the Browns still need another quarterback either in the draft or from free agency (Colin Kaepernick or Ryan Fitzpatrick). Kizer was my No. 2 rated quarterback and is still on the board.
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: Awuzie is not my top cornerback available, but he is the top one that is healthy. With the level of Joe Haden’s play being unknown (or his ability to stay healthy), the Browns could really use some more talent at the cornerback slot. The 2017 NFL Draft is deep with defensive backs, so the Browns could take advantage.
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: The Browns have yet to address their need for a 3-tech defensive tackle. McDowell has some reported off field and motivation concerns, so Gregg Williams would have to be certain he could harness the great abilities that McDowell possesses.
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington: Jones is my top corner available, but he won’t be on the field until October. It is possible that whoever drafts him places the youngster on IR to red shirt his rookie year. Jones is a top half of the first round talent though available for a mid-second round pick. The Browns are not a playoff team in 2017, so taking the long view could pay dividends.
Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Peppers takes care of the strong safety issue and can even play some nickel corner and hybrid linebacker. Williams would complement him by adding a playmaker as the defensive center fielder.
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: Another NFL starting quality cornerback still available. Defensive backs for everyone!
Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan: If the Browns worry about McDowell or another team scoops him up, then Wormley is a nice secondary option. Maybe he takes some of the Michigan-hate steam off Peppers too.
Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston: The Browns stole David Njoku from Pittsburgh, and they could wind up with the better linebacker option too if they take Bowser.
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina: A luxury pick, but Jones still has the best hands in this class with the highest level of production. He could become the instant slot starter and boost the offense.
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: A value pick. Robinson is best served as a right tackle and would mitigate concerns about Shon Coleman being the lone player capable of seizing that role.