Cleveland Browns mock draft: All defense edition
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns hold 10 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. What if they used those selections to build a dominant defense?
The Cleveland Browns will open the 2016 NFL Draft the holders of 10 draft picks, the third time since 2012 the Browns will have double-digit picks in the draft.
The Browns are expected by many to be targeting a quarterback with their first-round pick, the second overall selection in the draft. Those plans may or may not change following the signing of free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III, who may be the answer to Cleveland’s long search for a franchise quarterback, or just another veteran quarterback who represents a bridge to nowhere.
But even if the Browns had not signed Griffin, their draft plans may have taken shape in the waning moments of Super Bowl 50.
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The Denver Broncos rode a dominant defense and below-average quarterback play to an NFL title, leading some Browns fans to make the assumption that it doesn’t matter what you do on offense as long as you can put a killer defense on the field. Of course, when you look at the list of quarterbacks who have won Super Bowls since 2004 you realize the 2015 Broncos are an aberration, rather than the norm, but that is a topic for another day.
The NFL has long been a copycat league, with the champions often setting the tone for other teams to follow. So what if the Browns have decided that the Broncos have cracked the code and that it doesn’t matter what your offense does, as long as you have a defense that can overwhelm opponents?
With that premise in mind, and mostly just for fun, here is a seven-round mock draft that focuses solely on giving the Browns as many defensive assets as possible to terrorize the rest of the league and finally help turn around the fortunes of the team.
Next: Rounds 1 and 2