Round 3 Pick 17: Jakobi Meyers, WR, North Carolina State
With the first of two picks in the third round — this one being their own selection — the Browns address the wide receiver spot. Heading into 2018, Cleveland looked rather dangerous there with Jarvis Landry coming over from the Miami Dolphins via trade and Josh Gordon finally reinstated. There was also hope that former No. 15 overall pick Corey Coleman could develop into a legitimate option, especially now that he was going to be the third guy on the depth chart.
That quickly fell apart as Coleman was released (which made for some interesting highlights on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks‘) during the preseason. Gordon followed soon after as the Browns traded him to the New England Patriots. Suddenly, the receiving corps looked less dangerous, but the Browns made it work as Baker Mayfield spread the ball around like a seasoned pro.
Due to his ability to shine in this area, Cleveland is able to wait to address the spot, but they still land a good player in Jakobi Meyers out of North Carolina State. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 203-pounds, Meyers shines as a slot receiver and put up 1,047 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. A former quarterback, he’s still learning the position and can become an even bigger threat the more he develops on the outside.
Meyers did himself some favors at the Senior Bowl as well as he put together some good practices. He was overshadowed at NC State by Kelvin Harmon and should get more attention than he does. That ends up playing into the hands of the Browns as they add another weapon to their offensive arsenal here.