Cleveland Browns: Complete 6-round 2017 Browns mock draft
Round 3, Pick #65: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova
You may not be able to pronounce his name, but he is making a new name for himself for the upcoming draft. At a daunting 6-foot-7, 290 pounds, Kpassagnon is only projected around a late-second to third-round pick due to his small school success, although he had 21.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks his senior season.
Pairing him with Danny Shelton in the middle would give the team fantastic depth at defensive tackle and, if asked, give the team a defensive end rotation as well.
If his weight scares you, don’t worry. He plays much bigger than his weight would suggest. If asked to, gaining 10-20 pounds by the beginning of the season could be very do-able.
Besides, the beauty of this pick is that he doesn’t have the pressure of having to start immediately. He will get to work behind Danny Shelton and develop into a dream pair of defensive tackles that almost no one will be able to run past.
Round 4, Pick #108: Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
Many of you reading this probably wonder, “another edge rusher?” Yes! The more the merrier.
The Browns stay in-state once again with this talented defensive end from Youngstown State. Just like Kpassagnon, his success comes from a small school, but his production and skill had him playing beyond the skills of other FCS players.
Rivers has been rising up boards since his great outing at the Senior Bowl, and he has gone from an unknown, late-round pick into a potential mid-round steal. He is projected to be picked somewhere in the mid-third to mid-fourth rounds, and falling in the Browns laps at this pick would be a dream.
What? Still not convinced? Think about this: Imagine the potential defensive line rotations with Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib on one side, Danny Shelton and Tanoh Kpassagnon in the middle, and Myles Garrett and Derek Rivers on the other outside. That kind of pass rush depth would make any dehydrated GM salivate. Don’t second guess this. If Rivers is there, the Browns would be crazy not to pounce.