Cleveland Browns: Collaborative 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Writer: Martin McConnell

Who they will pick, Round 1, Pick 1: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Browns have had their eyes set on Darnold for over a year now. John Dorsey pulls the trigger that Sashi Brown couldn’t, and nabs the Browns a quarterback with the top overall pick.

Who they should pick, Sam Darnold

Darnold has been my favorite quarterback in this class for a while now. Both on and off the field, Darnold seems to be the best, and safest, choice here.

Who they will pick, Round 1, Pick 4: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, Bradley Chubb. Be afraid, AFC North quarterbacks. Be very afraid.

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Who they should pick, Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Fitzpatrick seems to have fallen down boards recently, but I think he is still the best defender in this class. Even though Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley could be great here, I think the Browns have a bigger need in their defensive secondary.

Who they will pick, Round 2, Pick 33: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

Sam Darnold needs someone to throw to, and D.J. Moore seems like a carbon copy of Minnesota’s Stefon Diggs. The Browns take the polished receiver here, if he falls to them.

Who they should pick, Nick Chubb

Chubb is one of the most underrated running backs in this class, and if he can stay healthy he should be an absolute stud. His breed of power running was unlike anything in the NCAA last year, but he became victim to Sony Michel’s rise.

Who they will pick: Round 2, Pick 35: Ronald Jones II, RB, USC

The Browns make Darnold feel at home here, putting his backfield partner from 2017 in orange and brown. It may not be Saquon Barkley, but Jones can make a huge impact for Cleveland day one.

Who they should pick, Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

At 6-foot-9 and 309 pounds, UCLA’s Kolton Miller is a monster of a man. The Browns need to replace Joe Thomas, and in his absence, Miller makes the most sense here.

Who they will pick, Round 2, Pick 64: Dorance Armstrong, Jr.

Cleveland continues to beef up their front seven. Armstrong may not have the numbers that one looks for, but that’s also because he got double-teamed every play while at Kansas. Expect him to free up and fly with the orange and brown.

Who they should pick, D.J. Chark

The Browns upgraded their receiver room by signing Jarvis Landry, and LSU’s D.J. Chark could be another huge piece to their pass-catcher puzzle. If running a 4.32 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3 means at least one thing, it’s undeniable athletic potential.