NFL Mock Draft: SI’s 2nd Try Feels Familiar


We continue our look at NFL Mock Drafts with Sports Illustrated’s second version. Don Banks does the write-ups for their site and provides interesting national perspective. In his First Mock Draft, Banks had the Browns selecting WR DeVante Parker and DT Malcom Brown. His second Mock takes on a familiar feel, similar to what many have been slotting to the team.

Let’s take a look at SI’s NFL Mock Draft 2.0:

"12 DANNY SHELTON, DT Senior, WashingtonUpon further review, the Browns should be able to get the quality receiver they need with their second first-rounder, at No. 19. That should make their need at nose tackle the priority, and Shelton is a space-eater who can fight off double-team blocks and still manage to find his way into the backfield consistently. The Browns outside pass rush will get better with Shelton in the trenches, holding the point of attack."

Danny Shelton is a perfect fit for the Browns need at the nose. More and more questions have been raised whether he will be as sought after on Draft Day as many expect currently. He is a great run stopper but is a 2 down player and Eddie Goldman and Jordan Phillips are also available at the position.

We continue to support Shelton at 12 and if the Browns feel like he is that much better than other options they should take him at 12. If not, they can risk him falling to 19.

Banks have the Browns passing on Parker, Bud Dupree and Dorial Green-Beckham before their next pick at 19.

"19 JAELEN STRONG, WR Junior, Arizona State(Pick via Buffalo) Having landed a needed big man for the interior defensive line in Washington’s Danny Shelton at No. 12, the Browns are expected to address offense with their second first-round pick, taking either the best of the remaining first-round receiver prospects or an offensive tackle who can start on the right side, opposite left tackle Joe Thomas. Added to the likes of newcomers Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline, Strong would give the Cleveland receiving depth chart an almost entirely new look in 2015."

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Jaelen Strong is not a receiver that most are high on. He has issues that create some concerns about his ability to catch the ball and create separation. Whether the Browns will use the 19th pick to force a WR pick in a deep draft is a question. Tight end is likely a bigger need.

Banks have the Browns passing on Landon Collins, Andrus Peat, Cameron Irving and Maxx Williams.

What do you think about Shelton and Strong as the Browns 1st Round Picks?

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