Cleveland Browns: 7-round mock draft pre-Combine
Round 3, Pick 32: Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina
With their second pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Browns address their need at offensive tackle. As it stands now, left tackle is seen as a huge need but Greg Robinson actually played the position really well. Cleveland would like him to return in 2019 and if so, they at least proved they can succeed on offense with him starting.
At the right side, they had Chris Hubbard starting all season and while he played well at times, he wasn’t what they expected when they signed him to a multi-year deal in the offseason. Again, the Browns proved they can move the ball with him, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t go for a player who can push for a starting job at either tackle position.
That’s the thinking here as they select South Carolina’s Dennis Daley, who showed off his power and high football IQ the past two seasons with the Gamecocks. While he does have some work to do with his pass protection, Daley has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL says Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network.
"“After spending two years at the JUCO level, South Carolina offensive tackle Dennis Daley jumped into the SEC and has played at a high level for most of the past two seasons. Sure, he’ll have his concerns against true speed/bend/quick-twitch rushers due to some footwork concerns in pass protection, but Daley has the strength, impressive strikes and technique to be a starter in the NFL.” — Ledyard, The Draft Network"
He may not unseat either Robinson or Hubbard in his rookie season, but getting a player who can be a swing tackle right away and a starter down the road at this point feels like a win.