Daily Dawg Tags: Should the Cleveland Browns go cornerback at 17?
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The Cleveland Browns kept people off track during the 2018 NFL Draft with their first two selections in the top-five of the draft.
Baker Mayfield was not expected to be the first overall selection until the night before. Then the Browns were expected to select Bradley Chubb with the fourth overall selection and the best pass rusher in the draft.
But instead of Chubb, Browns general manager John Dorsey surprised everybody and selected cornerback Denzel Ward. Dorsey made it known that he felt adding a shutdown cornerback was more important than a pass rusher.
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Just one year later, Dorsey could once again go a variety of directions in the first round of the draft. Today’s featured article wonders if the Browns should target another cornerback with the 17th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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Browns Mailbag: Would a cornerback make sense for the Browns at No. 17? – Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com
"If the Browns went that direction, it’d be the second straight year and third time since 2014 they devoted a first-round selection to a defensive back. And you know what? It wouldn’t be the craziest thing to do."
Although the Browns put a lot of work into rebuilding the defensive backs group last off-season, it did not result in a better passing defense. If Dorsey feels that he once again needs a potential shutdown cornerback instead of a pass rusher, then cornerback could be the way the Browns go in the first round.
Joint Cleveland Browns 7-round 2019 NFL mock draft
The NFL Combine is when teams around the league get closer to solidifying their draft boards. Now that the NFL Combine is over, Cory Kinnan and other DPD writers predict where the Browns will go with each of their selections.
Cleveland Browns Scribbles: Trading Duke Johnson? Advice for Breshad Perriman – Terry Pluto, Cleveland.com
"So, the Browns shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking they have a durable Nick Chubb as a starter. They will have Hunt at some point. Maybe Johnson can bring them a second- or third-round draft pick — so think about trading him."
With rumors starting to swirl around running back Duke Johnson, it has created a debate. Does it makes more sense to hold on to Johnson as insurance or try to get another draft selection? If the Browns feel comfortable in Dontrell Hilliard or that they can find another depth running back, then a Johnson trade seems like a good possibility.
D.K. Metcalf wants to play with Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
During the draft process, almost every prospect says that they want to play for every team in the league. Randy Gurzi writes that Combine superstar D.K. Metcalf made it known about his desire to come to Cleveland to play with Mayfield.