Nov 8, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Danny Shelton (55) walks on the field during pre game warmups against the UCLA Bruins at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
The unofficial start of the 2015 NFL Mock Draft season has arrived with the unveiling of Todd McShay’s 2015 NFL Mock Draft Version 1 (Insider, Costs $). For Cleveland Browns fans this is a bit later than we are used to turning our attention to the draft, very thankful for the competitive season we have seen so far from the team.
The Browns have 10 picks in the May draft, that will take place in Chicago and not New York, including two picks in the 1st, 4th and 6th rounds. With a talented, young roster and a front office/coaching staff that has shown they can get players to contribute quickly, Browns fans should be very excited.
That lead’s us to McShay’s 1st round 2015 NFL Mock Draft for the Browns. The draft order is set by how the draft would go if the season ended today. We will take a look at who McShay gives the Browns but also look at where each pick could land. Starting first with their own pick:
"14 Danny Shelton Cleveland Browns (7-7) COLLEGE: Washington Class: Sr HT: 6-1 WT: 332 POS: DT Analysis: Cleveland is too soft against the run, ranking 31st in the NFL by allowing 137.6 rushing yards per game. Shelton would help fix that problem, as he’s a great fit at nose tackle and can add depth along the Browns’ entire three-man front. He has a thick and powerful frame to occupy blockers, along with very impressive quickness for his size."
Have to be honest, very excited to see Shelton’s name here. While many fans are calling for a wide receiver, few seem willing to move on from Sammy Watkins last year, it seems pretty clear that the Browns interior defensive line needs some size and talent. Ahtyba Rubin is past his prime and unable to hold the point of attack. Phil Taylor prefers to get into the backfield with penetration instead of taking on blockers and sticking with his assignment.
With the Bryants, Desmond Bryant and Armonty Bryant, the Browns have some talent at defensive end. Danny Shelton is the type of nose tackle that could immediately impact the Browns entire defense. As McShay notes, Shelton is big but has the quickness to allow him to shed blockers in short spaces. The Jaguars, Bills, Texans, Ravens and Bengals have all gashed the Browns right up the middle. Shelton could quickly turn that weakness into a team oriented strength.
The highest that the Browns could pick, and it is highly unlikely they pick this high, is #7 overall. In McShay’s draft here are the names of those picked from #7 to #13 – Dante Fowler Jr. (DE), Vic Beasley (DE), Landon Collins (S), Brandon Scherff (OT), Cedric Ogbuehi (OT), Ereck Flower (OT) and Devante Parker (WR). For those wondering he has Amari Cooper going 6th overall to Oakland.
McShay’s Mock Draft hits on what is historically true: quarterbacks, defensive and offensive linemen often go early and often in the NFL Draft. Even if the Browns wanted to address their offensive line they would have missed out on the top 3 linemen selected. They also would have missed out on the top 2 receivers in Cooper and Parker.