2018 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns select Simeon Thomas No. 188
By Joel W. Cade
The Cleveland Browns used their last pick of the 2018 NFL Draft to select their second cornerback of the draft in Simeon Thomas from Louisiana – Lafayette.
Cornerback has been an area of concern for the Cleveland Browns. Anyone watching the Browns last season saw a team so inept at the position that they decided to play a safety 30 yards off the ball.
It was just last week that Simeon Thomas was in Berea for a visit with the Browns, where the speculation began that the Browns may be interested in him in the later rounds.
Thomas played cornerback for the Louisiana-Lafayette Cajuns. His measurables are outstanding.
At 6-foot-3 and a half with a 4.47 40-yard dash. Per Draftanalyst.com’s scouting report, Thomas can play both corner and safety.
"“Quickly picks up coverage assignments, plays heads-up football and nicely locates the pass in the air. Feisty, physical and works hard to break up throws. Plays to his size, shows closing burst and mixes it up with opponents throughout the action.”"
He will sometimes take himself out of a play by not playing under control.
From the sounds of it, he is a great physical specimen who needs refinement on the football field. These are the exact type of players teams take in the later rounds.
Last year it was Howard Wilson this year it is Simeon Thomas. If even one of those two players pan out, the Browns will have a steal in the later round of the draft.
The fact that he can play both corner and safety. With his size, he would make an ideal free safety. The Browns needed a backup free safety heading into the draft and Thomas may be him.
Next: rowns pick Damion Ratley No. 175
Barring any other trades, this was it for the Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft, the first with general John Dorsey calling the shots.