Cleveland Browns strengthen roster in first-round NFL Mock Draft
By Randy Gurzi
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Maurice Hurst, Michigan, DT
Maurice Hurst was mentioned by some as a fit for Cleveland at No. 4. That’s a stretch. This may still be high for him considering his medical scare at the Combine, but he would help the Chargers in their quest to get back to the playoffs.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU, RB
Since Marshawn Lynch left, this running game has stunk. The Seahawks try and improve by adding LSU’s Derrius Guice.
19. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Moore, Maryland, WR
Dallas grew tired of waiting for Dez Bryant to live up to his huge salary. He’s gone and D.J. Moore could help fill the void.
20. Detroit Lions: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia, OG
They need a running back, but lose out on Guice. Instead they get a guard who can clear holes for whoever they end up handing it to.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, OT
The Red Rocket gets solid pass protection from Matt Ryan’s cousin.
22. Buffalo Bills: Marcus Davenport, UTSA, EDGE
Raw talent from a small school. Marcus Davenport will be great if whoever drafts him gets him coached up and ready for the pros.
23. New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams): Joshua Jackson, Iowa, CB
An interception-machine at Iowa, the former wide out will replace Malcolm Butler in New England.
24. Carolina Panthers: Jaire Alexander, Louisville, CB
The Panthers defense needs to improve and Jaire Alexander can do that for them — provided of course he stays healthy.
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25. Tennessee Titans: Mike Gesicki, Penn State, TE
Mike Gesicki moved himself up when he showed off his skills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, Florida, DT
The hype for Taven Bryan is confusing, but so real. People love his game, and he gets over-drafted here.
27. New Orleans Saints: Da’Ron Payne, Alabama, DT
The guy the Falcons should have picked goes to New Orleans and will become a wreaking ball for them.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, Alabama, ILB
Another Alabama kid comes in, this time it’s Rashaan Evans. He will fill the void left by Ryan Shazier’s injury.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Courtland Sutton, SMU, WR
Jacksonville lose Allen Robinson in free agency. Here they replace him with the tall SMU wide out Courtland Sutton.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Connor Williams, Texas, OT
Connor Williams was better in 2016 than 2017. The Vikings take a chance that he can return to his dominate form.
31. New England Patriots: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, TE
Whether or not Gronk lasts much longer, the Patriots can use Mark Andrews. This kid is special when it comes to catching the ball.
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32. Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Hughes, UCF, CB
The draft’s opening night ends with the selection of Mike Hughes for the Philadelphia Eagles. For those wondering, the Browns can now kick off the second day with players like Colorado corner Isaiah Oliver, Georgia running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as well as offensive tackles Desmond Harrison from West Georgia and Chukwuma Okorafor from Western Michigan available.