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WFNY NFL Mock Draft Roundup 4.0: While We’re Waiting

Joshua Bessex, The News Tribune

Hello, all! Hope everyone is having a good week and a nice Wednesday morning. We’re back with the fourth installment of Mock Draft Wednesday. From now until the NFL Draft in late April, Wednesdays should be known as NFL Mock Draft Wednesday, at least here on WFNY every Hump Day morning. As the weeks go on, the 2019 NFL Draft gets closer and closer. It’s now just 57 days away and will be here before we know it, honestly.

Haven’t started looking at mock drafts yet? We have you covered. Can’t stop looking at them and either want to look at a bunch of the Browns picks at once or need somewhere to talk about them? We have you covered here as well.

With the NFL Scouting Combine this week, plenty can (and will) change. Both teams and analysts will begin making much clearer predictions simply due to players standing out (or not standing out) in Indianapolis. You can’t put too much stock into the combine, especially with Pro Days still to come, but it all those numbers mean more than you think, especially a skill player’s 40-yard dash time.

While mock drafts will surely change throughout the next eight weeks, let’s take a look at the direction some mock drafts have the Browns going with the No. 17 pick in the first round. In case you don’t see some big-name analysts’ mocks, it’s due to them not having an updated one since last week:

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson: CB Byron Murphy, Washington

It’s easy to see the Browns deciding to add to the defensive side of the ball with their early selections in this draft class and picking up another cornerback to pair with Denzel Ward would give them some real cornerstones.

CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

Metcalf has drawn comparisons to Josh Gordon but without the off-field concerns. If you’re looking to replace Gordon’s productivity, why not go with the player who reminds you of him? Metcalf is our top wide receiver and he can take over games.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

A team like the Browns would love to see four quarterbacks go before they pick. That will lead to a player with a much higher grade, like Wilkins, to drop. Wilkins can be the three-technique tackle the Browns are searching for this offseason to help improve the pass rush.

Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

Lawrence is primarily an early-down run-stuffer, but he has a rare combination of size and athleticism and has flashed upside in the pass-rush. His gargantuan body type is really hard to find (6-foot-4, 350 pounds).

Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

The Browns have two great defensive linemen in tackle Larry Ogunjobi and pass-rusher Myles Garrett, and a potential star in 2018 rookie Genard Avery. What they need as a team on the rise is the addition of a dominant interior defender to max out all that talent. Wilkins could turn this defensive line from very good to great both as a pass-rusher and a run-stopper—he regularly takes up double teams because he tends to vaporize single blockers, and he still amassed 40 total pressures on just 286 passing snaps.

Real GM’s Jeff Risdon: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State

Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.

Draft Blaster: OT Greg Little, Ole Miss

Cleveland made great strides this year, and are getting at least one very important element to being a very good NFL team – stability. However, there is a big difference between an improving team – which obviously should have improved after having so many draft picks and money to spend in free agency – to being a true grown up playoff contender. That starts with more pocket passing development from their young QB. Baker showed that progress, but can only do so much until that offensive line takes the next step. They will be tempted to get him some more weapons, but the prudent move is to first protect him.

Previous WFNY Mock Draft Roundups:

This is the fourth time I’ve done one of these Roundups already and it’s still so strange to me that the Browns are not only not projected to draft a quarterback in the first round because of Baker Mayfield, but also the fact that that with such a bright future, analysts have them going so many different ways at No. 17 as well. They can essentially go with the best player available while focusing on a handful of positions as well. It’s awesome, to say the least.

With that said, what say you, Browns fans? Do you have a certain position(s) that you want the Browns to focus on early in the draft, specifically in the first round? Do you have a can’t-miss guy(s) that if they drop to No. 17, you want Cleveland to take and it would be considered a steal? Do you want them to trade up since they have a surplus of picks? If you had a perfect plan for the draft, specifically the first round, what would it consist of?

A certain mock draft(s) that you feel as though we should include in these, please let us know. The more mock drafts and predictions, the better.

Whether you’re tired of looking at someone else’s predictions or just want to do your own mock draft, The Draft Network has you covered with a fantastic and very clean way so that you can act as though you’re in charge of the war room. You can choose any of the 32 NFL teams, but we all know that the team you choose will be the Browns. Good luck!

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!