The final Browns mock draft before the Draft this Thursday will be a bit different. Instead of draft simulations, this one pulls from the previous mocks taking players that the Browns should truly have a chance at based on a bunch of mocks, including my previous ones. There will be no trades or any crazy scenarios where the top 15 players are in the second round, even though per Daniel Jeremiah’s and Ian Rappaport’s sources this draft could be crazier than expected. I am not sure about all of you but I am just excited to finally have something sports-related not from 20 years ago to watch.
- First Round pick #10
- Second Round pick #41
- Third Round: #74 and #97
- Fourth Round: #115
- Fifth Round: None
- Sixth Round: #187
- Seventh Round: #244
With Andrew Berry and Paul DePodesta running the draft room, it is unlikely the Browns don’t make a trade at some point Thursday. Without further ado lets get to the Final Mock Draft.
First Round Pick #10
Andrew Thomas| Offensive Tackle| Georgia
Height 6′ 5″ Weight 315 lbs Arms 36 1/8” Hands 10 1/4”
Thomas is one of four tackles expected to go top 15 in the NFL draft. Thomas spent his college career in Georgia. Andrew stepped in, taking over at right tackle his freshman season. He would garner All-American honors while starting all 15 games. Over the next two seasons, Thomas would start all but two games at left tackle for the Bulldogs. He started 13 games at left tackle and was awarded first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team all-conference accolades in 2019. Andrew Thomas is a legit left tackle prospect heading into the NFL Draft.
Why the Browns should draft him.
This one is pretty simple. The Browns need to fill the left tackle position, and Thomas is the best pure left tackle in the draft. The NFL is a quarterback league. If you want Baker Mayfield around for a long time, then it is essential to provide the best line in front of him. Adding Thomas to a line with Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, and free-agent signing Jack Conklin does precisely that.
Second Round Pick #41
Antoine Winfield Jr. | Safety| Minnesota
Height 5′ 9″ Weight 203 lbs Arms 30 1/8” Hands 9 1/2”
The son of former Jim Thorpe Award winner and three-time NFL All-Pro cornerback Antoine Winfield Sr. Antoine Jr. was not highly recruited out of Texas. He would start nine games his freshman year highlighted by 82-yard touchdown interception return. He would then struggles with hamstring and foot injuries over the next two seasons. 2019 would be a different story as Winfield jr. started all 13 games and excelled for the Golden Gophers. He would finish the year with 88 tackles (3.5 for loss, three sacks) and seven interceptions (returning one for a score). His stellar 2019 would garner a first-team Associated Press All-American award and All-Big ten selection. For Browns, fans having the son of an Ohio State legend on the Browns will make Winfield a popular pick.
Once again, this pick fills a need. While in two of the previous mock drafts, Patrick Queen drops to 41, it just seems very unlikely that would happen. Winfield will likely be the best player on the board at 41. Even at only 5’9,” Winfield has shown he can be physical and make big-time plays just like his dad did for a long time in the NFL. He should be a popular pick amongst Browns fans because of his bloodline.
Third Round Pick #74
Logan Wilson | Linebacker| Wyoming
Height 6′ 2″ Weight 241 lbs Arms 32 3/8” Hands 9 1/2”
Wilson started 14 games as a freshman for Wyoming. He finished the year as the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, finishing with 94 tackles, 7.5 for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, and four pass breakups.
As a sophomore, he garnered second-team all-conference accolades with a team-high 119 tackles, eight for loss, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 13 starts. Wilson led his squad for the second year in a row in 2018 (103) as well as tackles for loss (11). He would also intercept two passes and break up two others on his way to honorable mention All-MWC honors.
As a senior, Logan was a first-team all-conference pick and also was named third-team Associated Press All-American with another stellar season. Logan racked up 104 tackles, 9.5 for loss, one sack, three interceptions, and six pass breakups in 13 starts. The Browns need linebacker help, and Logan brings 4.6 speed and playmaking ability.
Why Logan Wilson over Malik Harrison?
While Malik Harrison would be an excellent pick here also, Wilson separates himself by being a viable option in coverage. Both are smart players that bring it against the run, a massive need for the Browns defense, but Harrison is likely a two-down linebacker making Wilson more value at this point in the draft. Once again, the Browns fill a need, and either player brings substantial value at this point in the draft.
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.
Why a corner?
At this point in the draft, it is the most talented player regardless of position. Holmes is the pick. The Browns have quality depth at cornerback, but adding another strong player to the room never hurts. The NFL is about competition, and this room is young and still has a lot to prove.
Fourth Round Pick #115
K.J. Hill, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Height 6′ 0″ Weight 196 lbs Arms 29 1/8” Hands 9 1/4”
Hill polished off his Ohio State career by becoming the all-time receptions leader with 201 career receptions. He is more quick than fast and works hard at his craft. Hill led the Buckeyes in receptions once again as a senior with 57 for 636 yards and ten touchdowns. With players like Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Kareem Hunt gobbling up reception a rookie wideout might be what you have to have. New head coach Kevin Stefanski loves two tight ends, and you have the above trio. Not many veteran wideouts are running to sit behind all that. Hill gives them a four-year polished wideout to grab all the leftovers.
Linebacker or Wide Receiver?
Pick 115 was a difficult one, even with already drafting Logan Wilson earlier. With both K.J. Hill and Troy Dye on the board, it came down to talent/need over talent. While Dye has some elite athletic traits, Hill brings a steady presence that can work underneath and not require a lot of snaps as a rookie wideout. This is important considering coach Stefanski used a third receiver less than anyone else in football last season.
Sixth Round Pick #187
Oluwole Betiku Jr.| Defensive End| Illinois
Height 6’3″ Weight 250 lbs Arms 33” Hands 10”
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. Oluwole Betiku Jr is an apparent boom or bust pick, but in the sixth round, that is what you get.
Vernon on last year of deal
The Browns take the raw but physically gifted Oluwole out of Illinois in the sixth round. With Vernon in the last year of a huge contract and no other help signed as of yet, the Browns draft the most talented defensive end on the board. This pick makes sense no matter what happens in free agency because the Browns need cheap young talent where they can get and opposite Myles Garrett works.
Seventh Round pick 244
Kendrick Rogers| Wide Receiver| Texas A&M
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.
Why another receiver?
Rodgers has been the pick in two of the previous mocks. He brings size combined with high-end physical tools. The Browns need size in a smaller wideout group. Rodgers is a project for the new staff to find a way to get through to and unleash his potential. Everything about this young man screams you grab him and see what happens with NFL coaching.
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