NFL Mock Draft Monday: 6 New Fun Browns Mocks
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Jaelen Strong catches a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Rang of CBS Sports has been a regular on our coverage of NFL Mock Draft posts. He tends to stay pretty steady, not a bad thing, which gives us a sense of when things really do change. This is his first 2 Round NFL Mock Draft:
"12. Cleveland Browns – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: The Browns finished dead last in the NFL in run defense a year ago and have allowed over 2,000 rushing yards in 14 of the past 16 seasons – a recipe for disaster in the black and blue AFC North. The 6-2, 339 pound Shelton is certainly a load but he also offers surprisingly athleticism and passion for nose guard."
Not much more can be said about our love for Danny Shelton. He has the ability to make plays in the pass game and anchor in the run. He isn’t perfect but has the work ethic and drive that leads us to believe he will be a stud for years to come. He may not be Haloti Ngata but Vince Wilfork type will do just fine.
Passing on Vic Beasley and DeVante Parker would be tough but Shelton could be worth it.
"19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) – La’el Collins, OL, LSU: The Browns feature one of the NFL’s better offensive lines but right tackle is a relative weak spot. Collins starred on the left side at LSU but his power-based game projects better inside or at right tackle."
There are some that believe that Collins can play all 5 positions on the offensive line. Much like Erving, Collins would provide the Browns with versatility. We have heard rumors that the Browns are far less likely to look at the RT spot early in the draft but having a flexible player like Collins or Erving still makes sense.
Passing on Breshad Perriman, Arik Armstead and others would be difficult.
"43. Cleveland Browns – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: Regardless of who is throwing the passes in Cleveland, the Browns still need help at receiver. The aptly-named Strong has the size, strength and aggression to emerge as a go-to target."
Strong is a player that some have compared to Anquan Boldin. Strong may need some time to develop but some analysts believe strongly (pun intended) in his upside. Others have worries about him as a tools player that doesn’t always put them together on the field. With Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins already on the field, Strong will be given time to develop.
Rang has the Browns passing on Nelson Agholor, Bendardrick McKinney, Shaq Thompson and Brett Hundley, all players the Browns could target in the 2nd round.
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