We are back again with the Browns mock Draft 3.0. The first two drafts were done using a great simulator from The Draft Network, but we could not trade. So, with the guidance of fellow writer Joseph Herff, this time, Pro Football Network was used. The opportunity to make a trade was too enticing, so a move had to be made. The Browns give up picks ten, 74, and a second-rounder in 2021 for the Dolphins 18th and 26th picks. Here is where the picks stand after the trade.
- First Round: 18 and 26
- Second Round: 41
- Third Round: 97
- Fourth Round: 115
- Fifth Round: None
- Sixth Round: 187
- Seventh Round: 244
Now that we have all that cleared up lets draft some players.
While Jedrick Wills Jr. is not the number one choice, the Browns still get a talented offensive tackle at 18. Then pick 26 rolls around with a talent like Javon Kinlaw on the board, the choice was easy. The defensive line may not be a priority, but talent is talent. At 41, another need was filled with the talented Patrick Queen dropping into the second round. The remaining choices came down to the highest-rated player or someone nearly as high that filled a need.
First Round Pick 18
Jedrick Wills Jr. | Offensive Tackle| Alabama
Wills started 28 straight games at right tackle for the Crimson Tide as a sophomore and junior showing durability. He has improved over that time to become one of the best right tackles in the nation and a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Wills brings exceptional pass protection skills and top tier athleticism to the table. He has also shown a bit of a nasty streak at the position which most coaches love in a lineman. Wills has a blend of speed and power that allows him to destroy defenders and get to the second level quickly.
The only concern the Browns should have with this pick is if Wills can transition to the left side and be as dominant as he was on the right. Andrew Berry made it clear the Browns have little concern after making it very clear the Browns will take the best tackle on the board should they pick one.
First Round Pick 26
Javis Kinlaw | Defensive Tackle| South Carolina
Kinlaw has the physical makeup that makes executives around the NFL drool. At 6’5″ and 324 pounds with a chiseled frame, Javis looks the part of a dominant player. While the physical gifts scream top ten talent, the film, according to draft experts, shows inconsistent production. Most of those same experts believe the technique issues that plagued him in college can be fixed with NFL level coaching. Kinlaw is the type of talent you don’t pass up earlier in the draft, so at 26, this should be a no-brainer for Andrew Berry and his staff. Adding Kinlaw potentially gives the Browns the deepest defensive tackle room in the NFL.
Second Round Pick 41
Patrick Queen | Linebacker | LSU
Queen is the next linebacker in line to hit the NFL out of LSU. If he falls to 41, this will benefit the Browns greatly. Currently, they have a significant need at the position with only one semi proven starter in Mack Wilson. A linebacker like Queen with 4.5 speed and a high football IQ is a day one starter for any team. Wilson and Queen could be a talented and cheap duo for a few years.
Third Round Pick 97
Darnay Holmes | Cornerback| UCLA
After taking Queen in the second-round, the hope was a talented safety would fall into the third. No such luck. So you move on and draft the most talented player on the board. That player ended up being Darnay Holmes. Even with players like Greedy Willaims, Denzel Ward, and free agent back up Kevin Johnson in place, any team can always use corners. In the Browns’ case, the injury concerns alone could warrant the pick.
Holmes is a 5’10” 194-pound corner that has made his way as the consummate overachiever. He does have 4.49 speed and solid ball skills that produced eight interceptions, two taken back for touchdowns, in his three years at UCLA. Holmes may never become a team’s top corner, but his talent and work ethic should provide good depth at a position needed in a passing league.
Fourth Round Pick 115
Troy Dye | Linebacker| Oregon
Troy Dye is a six-foot-three 231-pound tackling machine with great sideline to sideline play-making ability. The talent and football IQ are evident with Dye, but the lean frame he brings to the next level could be a concern. Even after four years in a college weight room, Dye has been unable to beef his frame up to meet his positional talent. The instincts and ability point to a talented middle linebacker, but the size may force him outside. Dye has three-down talent and could be a steal in the fourth round if he can strengthen his frame.
The Browns need linebacker depth even after taking Queen in the second round. On top of that, Dye is the most talented player on the board at pick 115. Adding Dye to a pool of Queen, Wilson, Goodson, and Sione Taktaki provides a wealth of talent to choose from, even if the experience is lacking. Building depth at any position should be what Berry is looking to do, so taking the most talented player on the board always makes sense.
Sixth Round Pick 187
Oluwole Betiku Jr.| Defensive End| Illinois
Oluwole is a developmental player from day one in the NFL. While he has all the physical traits you look for in an NFL prospect, there are glaring concerns. Oluwole started playing football as a junior in high school after being found at a camp tryout in his home country of Nigeria. He put up an eye-popping 28.5 sacks in just two years of high school. That play earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California. In two years at the school, Oluwole would play in only 14 games and register just two tackles. In 2018 he would undergo hip surgery and miss the entire season.
Oluwole would then transfer to Illinois and in ten starts racked up 36 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and seven quarterback hurries. Once again, injuries came into play, causing him to miss three games. The talent is there, but he is raw, and injuries have been a concern. There will always be questions taking players late in the draft, so a talent like Oluwole is the way to go.
Seventh Round pick 244
Kendrick Rogers| Wide Receiver| Texas A&M
Roders has been the choice in the previous two mock drafts so no point in changing now.
Rogers has the size and speed combo that teams drool over. He combines a 6’4″ 208-pound frame with 4.5 speed and a 35.5 inch vertical. The problem is the playmaking doesn’t match the talent. It’s the seventh-round, might as well go for the physical traits, and hope the strength and big plays come with coaching and an NFL strength program.
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