The Cleveland Browns have a few needs to fill in order to make themselves playoff contenders. FanSided’s Randy Gurzi thinks the Dawg Pound could double dip on defensive lineman in this year’s NFL Draft.
With the NFL Scouting Combine out of the way, it’s almost “officially” draft season. The new league year looms large over the football world, and free agency is just around the corner. Franchise tags are being applied, and mock drafts are heating up. With so much new information from the Combine, mocks are getting seriously shaken up.
Fansided’s own Randy Gurzi published his newest mock on Tuesday morning, and thinks the Cleveland Browns will be beefing up their defensive line on days one and two. The Browns will look to Mississippi State for their first two players, and grab both Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons.
Montez Sweat made some serious headlines at the Combine, and may have posted the most impressive number of the entire weekend. With a 4.41 second 40-yard dash, Sweat ran the fastest time of any defensive lineman since the Combine went fully digital in 2003.
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Sweat makes a perfect foil to Myles Garrett on the other side, and could take some of the pressure off of Garrett as well. Having so much speed on the first line of defense will wear on both quarterbacks and offensive lines, and Sweat would be a great fit for the aggressive scheme of the Browns.
In the second round, Steve Wilks will get another toy to play with in the form of Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons. Simmons was a popular pick in the first round for Cleveland before he tore his ACL. Despite being one of the top players in this class based on pure talent, but his off-field issues and injury concerns have likely dropped him into the second round.
If the Browns select Sweat and take a flyer on Simmons, it could turn their defensive front seven into one of the league’s very best. Both players are supremely talented and would be a tremendous fit for the Browns.
Steve Wilks likes an aggressive scheme, and the combined speed and power of Sweat and Simmons respectively could allow him to really get after the quarterback in 2019.