NFL Mock Draft: 7 Round CBS Sports Includes Browns Trade


CBS Sports generally gives us 1 or 2 round NFL Mock Draft posts. Generally Rob Rang, Dane Brugler and others are the main contributors. Today we take a look at a 7 Round NFL Mock Draft from CBS Sports but this time by Chris Trapasso.

Trapasso has the Cleveland Browns trading up in the 1st Round but, like most Browns fans want, they don’t sell the far to do it. Instead he has the Browns dealing their 2nd and 5th round picks with the #12 pick, to move up to #5 with the Washington Redskins. The trade still gives the Browns two 1st Round picks and 8 picks overall in the draft.

Time to pick apart his NFL Mock Draft, needless to say this writer is okay with the deal to move up to #5. They don’t give up any 1st round picks and have an extra 4th and 6th round picks. Remember the Browns once gave up a 2nd round pick to move up 1 spot. Moving #43 isn’t an easy decision, getting another chance at a Franchise QB makes that worth it.

"5. Cleveland Browns (traded picks No. 12 and No. 43 — Round 2 — and No. 147 — Round 5 — to Washington Redskins): Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — Apparently close to “moving on” from Johnny Manziel, the Browns, loaded with draft capital, make an aggressive move to get Mariota, who’s more pro-ready than most believe. The Redskins’ new brain trust is thrilled with trading back and on the draft trade value chart gives this swap a thumbs up."

No real argument here. If Josh McCown can keep Mariota on the bench for a year, like John Kitna did in Carson Palmer’s first year, Mariota is likely to be a star. The Browns could end up with two quality young QBs with Mariota and Johnny Manziel. As the Philadelphia Eagles proved for years, backup QBs tend to gain value on the bench and performing against backups in pre-season games.

"19. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo): Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota — After seeing Jordan Cameron bolt to Miami and missing out on Charles Clay, the Browns have a blatant hole at tight end. To some, this is “too early” for Williams, but Cleveland likes his body control, strong hands, yards-after-the-catch ability and willingness as a blocker. And he’s young."

A very interesting pick. First a look at who was off the board that the Browns missed out on: Randy Gregory (12), Danny Shelton (13), Breshad Perriman (15), Jaelen Strong (16) and Arik Armstead (17).

Williams is an interesting pick as he is the best tight end in the NFL Draft and the Browns have a need for a long term player at that spot. There are some questions about Williams work ethic, attitude coming out of the Scouting Combine and team meetings. Williams and Rob Housler would give the team options at tight end with some athletic and pass catching abilities.

Eddie Goldman, Malcom Brown, Alvin Dupree, Eli Harold, Shane Ray  and Landon Collins are defenders that might better serve the Browns defensive needs. A number of versatile offensive lineman and a few wide receivers could also be in play since the team traded their 2nd round pick.

Washington selected a corner at #43 while Shaq Thompson, Cameron Erving, Devin Funchess and Todd Gurley were all available.

"77. Cleveland Browns: Mario Edwards, DL, Florida State"

Edwards would help the Browns at the 5 technique defensive end position. Some believe he could go as high as the late 1st while still others don’t see a ton that they love from the former Seminole. The Browns would have some time to develop him behind some talented defensive linemen, although this NFL Mock Draft doesn’t have the Browns adding any nose help yet.

"111. Cleveland Browns: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina"

Hardy is not the big receiver that many Browns fans want but many are high on him as a hard nosed players. He runs good routes and is a tough blocker for his size. Unlikely other receivers under 6 foot, he isn’t fleet of foot either deep or in space. He is a constant performer though.

"115. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo (9-7)): Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn"

With Alex Mack capable of opting out of his contract, drafting a player who can play center is a likely decision for the Browns. Dismukes is an interesting pick for the Browns. He was a 4 year starter for Auburn and was solid. He fits the Zone Blocking Scheme the Browns run and can play some guard as well. He could develop with a year behind Mack and the rest of the Browns line. He would be ready to start the following year and steady if forced into service immediately. Not bad for a mid 4th round pick.

"189. Cleveland Browns: Junior Sylvestre, OLB, Toledo"

Sylvestre is an undersized, all motor kind of player. He is talented but his size will make it tough for teams to peg him. He fits what Mike Pettine likes from his players and could be impactful at multiple positions.

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"202. Cleveland Browns (from Baltimore Ravens (10-6)): Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas"

The undersized Diggs could fill the role that Buster Skrine filled last year. He isn’t overly quick but competes and is intelligent. With Pettine on board we expect the Browns to draft a corner every draft.

"229. Cleveland Browns: Matt Jones, RB, Florida"

The Browns could be on the look out for 3rd down back, Jones is not exactly that. Jones is more of a short yardage, Glenn Winston type instead of Darren Sproles type back. Adding a strong back is never a bad thing, one who wasn’t asked to catch much is a concern.

What do you think about this 7 Round NFL Mock Draft?

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