The Cleveland Browns finished up their 2018 NFL Draft (unless they trade back in) with their second pick in the sixth round. The Browns selected Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Simeon Thomas at pick No. 188. Thomas is the second cornerback taken by the Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft, with the first one coming in the first round, Denzel Ward of Ohio State. Thomas is a 6-foot-3 1/2, 195-pound senior cornerback.
Thomas played three seasons for Louisiana-Lafayette, posting 90 tackles, three tackles for loss, 21 passes defended, one forced fumble and two interceptions in 31 games. Last season as a senior, he had 42 tackles, three tackles for a loss and 12 passes defended in nine games. He missed two games because of an academic eligibility issue. Here is what draftanalyst.com had to say about the newest Brown:
Positives: Nice-sized defensive back who has lined up at both corner and safety. Quickly picks up coverage assignments, plays heads-up football and nicely locates the pass in the air. Feisty, physical and works hard to break up throws. Plays to his size, shows closing burst and mixes it up with opponents throughout the action.
Negatives: Inefficient and takes himself from the action. Does not consistently play under control and guesses wrong.
Analysis: Thomas offers size and growth potential and could be an outstanding dime back in a zone system and a solid special-teams player.
The Browns look to have gotten another athletic testing star in Thomas. At his college pro day, he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, jumped an 11-foot-3 broad jump and jumped a 39-inch vertical1. These are great numbers for a 6-foot-3 cornerback. The Browns are adding a lot of new corners to the roster with free agency and now the draft. There will be a lot of competition in the cornerback room.
2018 Browns Draft Picks
3rd Round: DE Chad Thomas, Miami (FL)
4th Round: WR Antonio Callaway, Florida
5th Round: LB Genard Avery, Memphis
6th Round: WR Damion Ratley, Texas A&M
- Pro day stats from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle [↩]