NFL Mock Draft: 7 Round Browns Mock 1.0
Yesterday we gave you our NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round 1.0 (New Window). Today we follow that up with our Cleveland Browns 7 Round Mock Edition 1.0. Here we look exclusively at what we think the Browns might do, with the information we have before Free Agency starts. For these Mocks we will either use FanSpeak’s Mock Draft Emulator or, in today’s case, First Pick’s. FanSpeak’s lets you choose whose draft board you use while First Pick allows you to make deals.
We used First Pick but made no trades in our first 7 Round NFL Mock Draft. Partially because they have very high expectations of what you need to give up to make a deal. We also wanted to focus on just the 10 picks instead of the madness that can ensue if you accept a lot of the trade offers thrown your way.
In a happy coincidence we got the same two players for the Browns in the 1st round as we did in our Full First Round NFL Mock Draft. We do not do multiple attempts on these things just to get the results we want, instead we go through it once and make the best picks we can.
Now on to our 7 Round Browns NFL Mock Draft Edition 1.0 (Photo Proof at the bottom):
Round 1 Pick 12 – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – Cooper might be the most pro ready wide receiver but he is also the youngest of the highly ranked ones. Cooper showed off in college and should only get better as a pro. He won’t wow you with any one characteristic but will be a good to great #1 receiver for the Browns for years to come. Kevin White and DeVante Parker could both be selected before Cooper due to measureables.
Round 1 Pick 19 – Malcom Brown – DL – Texas – The Browns have a need in the interior of their defensive line and Brown can help fill it. At 6’2″ and 320 pounds, Brown can play the nose tackle position but also has the skill to bump outside. He has been a fast riser and continues to fly up boards.
Round 2 Pick 11 – Benardrick McKinney – ILB – Mississippi State – This is a player that just screams “Browns Pick!” to me. McKinney isn’t a workout warrior but has great football IQ, is a great leader and can thump people in the run game. He doesn’t have great coverage skills but will be paired with Christian Kirksey, who excels in coverage, long term for the Browns. The middle of the Browns defense is improved quickly with these two picks.
Round 3 Pick 13 – Nelson Agholor – WR – USC – You might be surprised to see another receiver here but I would not be shocked based on the talent of this class. While Cooper is the outside, all around threat for the Browns, Agholor is a whole different ball game. Watching his film brings you reminders of Antonio Brown, you know that fast, quick Steelers receiver that kills us every year. With Cooper on one side, Agholor can play outside or inside and cause havoc.
Round 4 Pick 12 – Ali Marpet – OT – Hobart & William Smith – Marpet is the small school wonder of the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. He is unlikely to fall this far but anything is possible. He isn’t the perfect fit in a Zone Blocking Scheme but as a guard he will do just fine. He is a little rough around the edges but could compete for the right guard spot right away. If not, the Browns finally have some quality depth on their offensive line.
Round 4 Pick 16 – Josh Shaw – CB – USC – The Browns could let Buster Skrine go because they feel good about their depth behind Joe Haden. Second year players Justin Gilbert, Pierre Desir and K’Waun Williams all showed level of talent last year that they could be good players quickly. Shaw had his off the field issues this season, leading him to fall, but could be a solid later round addition for the Browns. Mike Pettine loves his cornerbacks.
Round 5 Pick 11 – Jeff Heuerman – TE – Ohio State – The Browns have to decide what to do about Jordan Cameron, could franchise tag him, but have no longer term solution for the spot if Cameron leaves. They could address it in free agency but having the Buckeyes tight end available here makes this pick easy. Heuerman looked really good early in the college season only to fall off due to scheme and injuries. The Browns could be getting a steal here.
Round 6 Pick 13 – Deion Barnes – OLB – Penn State – Barnes should have returned to PSU but took some bad advice and left early. He didn’t get invited to the NFL Combine and is looked at as a Day 3 pick. For the Browns, Barnes is a developmental pass rusher that wouldn’t be expected to do much outside of special teams his rookie year. The Browns would work with him to teach him how to play OLB after playing in a 4-3 as a defensive end. He could be a gem with all his raw talent and is worth a flyer here.
Round 6 Pick 26 – Chris Conley – WR – Georgia – Again this is a place where taking some risks is okay. Conley is a big, 6’3 receiver, that never got a lot of chances at Georgia but could be a steal here. He is a redzone threat, 8 TDs last year in his 36 receptions, and could give the Browns a look that they don’t have elsewhere on their roster.
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Round 7 Pick 12 – Blake Bell – TE – Oklahoma – At this point just looking for gems. The Browns are not likely to spend this many picks on offense but with a solid to great defense in the making I took some chances. Bell, the Bell-Dozer, played some QB in college and is still in the process of transitioning himself in as a tight end. If he tests well at his Pro Day he could be a 4th or 5th round pick.
Well there you have it. The Browns get a Day 1 starter on their defensive line, their ILB of the future, a cornerback who can play right away and a developmental pass rusher for their defense. On offense they get 3 receivers, all with different skill sets, two tight ends and an offensive lineman. Besides quarterback, don’t think there is anyone worth where they were selected in our Mock, we answered a ton of the Browns questions.
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