Round 7, Pick 22: Ugochukwu Amadi, S, Oregon
With what could become the biggest highway robbery in Browns’ franchise history, Dorsey pulled off a heist, trading Deshone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for Damarius Randall, while swapping fifth and sixth round picks. Randall’s play at free safety combined with the massive jump made in his second season by Jabrill Peppers has the Browns sitting pretty at the safety position.
With the last pick that the team owns, however, they could very well add another safety to the roster. Often times injured, Derrick Kindred has filled in on multiple defensive back packages as the third safety/sub linebacker. However, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Kindred only managed to perform to the tune of a below average score of 46.9.
If the Browns are looking to make an upgrade at the safety position, a position not in a major need of addressing, they could look to versatile Ugochukwu Amadi out of Oregon. Throughout his four-year career with the Ducks, Amadi managed to snag a total of nine interceptions while playing both cornerback and safety; seven of those interceptions came in his final two seasons while defending a whopping 16 passes during that time as well. He scored two touchdowns on pick-sixes during his senior campaign as well while playing center field.
Although not highly regarded to this point by NFL Draft scouts, Amani has a ball-hawking mentality and production that could pique the Browns’ interest. The fact that he does not resemble Kindred’s style of play should not concern Browns fans either since Peppers will play closer to the line of scrimmage in those multiple defensive back sets anyway. To close out this mock draft, the Browns make this Duck a Dawg.
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