Cleveland Browns: Complete 6-round 2017 Browns mock draft
Round 5, Pick #145: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina
Before the combine, this would be seen as a bit of a reach, but after T.J. Logan ran the fastest 40-yard dash at 4.37, he improved his stock based on speed alone like Kenyan Drake from last year.
Speed is the name of the game and Logan’s game has made many give him a second look. The other North Carolina running back, Elijah Hood, will be seen as a more complete back but Logan doesn’t have to be.
He won’t be an every-down back, but his speed gives the Browns a viable option as a returner and third-down back. Mixing him in with the lead dog (Isaiah Crowell) and the receiving back (Duke Johnson Jr.) would give the team options at the position that would help improve the offense and special teams immediately. In the end, it’s very clear: The Browns have the need. The need for speed.
Round 5, Pick #175: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
With the team already drafting Tre’Davious White, this pick is for value in addition to talent. Some draft boards have Kazee going in the fourth round, and others in the sixth, but I think the fifth could be more realistic and falling to Cleveland would be great for both sides.
Kazee may not have the pedigree that other defensive backs have in this draft, but scouts love his coverage skills, having 15 interceptions in the last 2 seasons.
However, it’s understandable that some are put off by his 5-foot-10, 180 pound frame, but he has had success despite being smaller than others. If he can come in and mesh well with Joe Haden, Jamar Taylor and (as I projected) Tre’Davious White, this secondary could become one of the best in the entire league.
Round 5, Pick #181: J.J. Dielman, OT, Utah
Sorry Browns fans. This isn’t THAT Utah offensive tackle. The contract extension of Joel Bitonio, the free agency additions of J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler, and of course the return of Joe Thomas have all seemed to shore up the offensive line except for right tackle, but that looks like it will be a battle between Cameron Erving and Shon Coleman.
Adding Dielman gives them a better second option behind the offensive tackle position than they may already have.
So yes, this will be a pick for depth purposes, primarily to give better tackle options that the team could use. He is a good run blocker and that should help him play at the next level but he will need to improve on his pass blocking, which is the main factor that scouts and coaches use to evaluate offensive tackles.
Over time, he could develop into a potential starter, but for now it will be all for insurance.