NFL Draft weekend is over, and the picks have been made. Andrew Berry and the new coaching staff have complete the most significant parts of the NFL offseason with free agency and now the draft. How do you think the new front office did in the draft? Ok, it is ti,e to start grading every Browns pick from the 2020 Draft.
First Round Pick #10
Jedrick Wills Jr.| Offensive Tackle | Alabama
Height 6’4″ Weight 312 lbs Arms 34 1/4” Hands 10″
Based on the way the Browns rushed the pick to the commissioner Jedrick Wills Jr. was very high on their list. Everything about Wills screams NFL starter day one with the potential to be special. Andrew Berry certainly thinks so as he has already deemed Wills the Browns starting left tackle in 2020.
Wills brings elite pass blocking to the Browns after giving up just one sack in 929 pass attempts per Pro Football Fantasy. Also, per PFF, in 2019, Wills allowed a pressure rate of 4.0% or less for the second straight year. His run-blocking grade of 90.1 ranked sixth among FBS tackles last season. What more could you ask for in a first-round pick? Wills athleticism and mean streak should be a welcome addition at left tackle for the Browns. Andrew Berry starts his first draft off with a potential home run pick in Wills.
Second Round Pick #44
Grant Delpit| Safety | LSU
Height 6’2″ Weight 213 lbs Arms 30 3/8” Hands 9 1/8″
By most draft experts accounts, Delpit was the first or second-best safety in the NFL draft. Knowing that tidbit of info only makes the trade back by Berry even sweeter. Berry was not only able to get his man, but he was also able to move back just three spots and pick up a fifth-round pick.
Delpit brings 4.39 speed at safety and the ability to use it chasing down running backs or covering tight ends. He is a better cover safety but is not afraid to get after it in the run game. He will need work on his angles and tackling technique but could start day one for the Browns.
Grade: A (A+ if you include the trade down)
Third Round Pick #88
Jordan Elliott| Defensive Tackle | Missouri
Height 6’4″ Weight 302 lbs Arms 32 3/8” Hands 10 1/4″
Once again, Berry decided to trade down as he went from 74 to 88, adding a third-round pick next year. The only issue some fans may have with this move is that Berry passed on the chance to add Zach Baun to the linebacker core. However, Elliot is a versatile lineman that has the potential to start in a year or two. He has explosive upper body power and is excellent with his hands.
Berry is looking at the future with this pick. Larry Ogunjobi is in a contract year, Sheldon Richardson is expensive and pushing 30, and free agent Andrew Billings was brought in on a one year deal. The idea is likely to develop Elliot for a year and then see what happens. Passing on Baun hurt but Berry was able to grab another potential starter with his first third-round pick. Another solid pick by Berry only bolstered by the value of the extra third-round pick in 2021.
Third Round Pick #97
Jacob Phillips | Linebacker | LSU
Height 6’3″ Weight 229 lbs Arms 32 3/8” Hands 10″
The Jacob Phillips pick is where the expert’s opinions differ widely. Some see him as a reliable back-up and special teams player while others see him as having a high-end of solid starter. While Phillips will need to develop strength at the next level, he was the leader of the LSU linebacking core and led the team in tackles. He is smart, disciplined, and with 4.66 speed fast enough to make plays. He could find himself starting this year next to Mack Wilson with how thin the Browns are at linebacker.
Fourth Round Pick #115
Harrison Bryant | Tight End | Florida Atlantic
Height 6’5″ Weight 240 lbs Arms 30 5/8” Hands 9 1/2″
The pick of Bryant was a bit of a shocker to most fans and experts considering the Browns signed Austin Hooper to a massive deal in free agency and still have David Njoku. Andrew Berry did say they would take the best player and the board and showed it here. Bryant is a talented pass catcher and provides another big target for Baker Mayfield to fire up high to in the endzone next year. For everyone wondering how you use three tight ends enough to make this pick have value. See Kevin Stefanski. He used tight ends in 57% of his offensive plays last season, so he has a plan. NFL.com has him comparable to George Kittle, while comparisons this early are crazy the Browns would be happy to have anything close.
Fifth Round Pick #160
Nick Harris | Center | Washington
Height 6’1″ Weight 302 lbs Arms 32 1/8″ Hands 9 3/4”
Harris enters the NFL as a center only prospect even after playing guard and center in college. He brings quick feet and a professional mentality. He is not the most athletic prospect but makes up for it with smarts and excellent technique. The Browns have a top ten center in J.C. Tretter signed to a fresh new three-year deal, so Harris is competing to back him up. Going for a smart, instinctive, sound depth lineman in the fifth round is a solid move by the front office.
Sixth Round Pick #187
Donovan Peoples-Jones | Wide Receiver | Michigan
Height 6’2″ Weight 212 lbs Arms 33 1/2″ Hands 10 1/8”
Peoples-Jones is the perfect late-round pick. Donovan has all the physical tools you could want. He is 6’2″ with 4.5 speed, some quick footwork, and a wide catch radius. He may never reach the top ten status that Urban Meyer lavished him with but could be a solid three for an NFL team if he can reach his potential.
Every pick made by Berry and his staff has legit potential at the next level, multiple players taken could end up starters over the next two or three years. The Browns young general manager has not missed a beat all offseason impressing Browns fans with both his free agency moves and his draft day moves. If you did not know, you would not believe this was a rookie general manager that is the youngest in the league. He has had a well-prepared plan for the offseason and executed it with the poise of a veteran. Now, will Berry make one more big splash this offseason? Maybe, Everson Griffen or Jadeveon Clowney?
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