Round 7, Pick 17: Matt Gay, K, Utah
The kicking position became a hot topic for the Browns in 2018. Zane Gonzalez started the season off with the job but quickly fell out of favor with the team — and fans. He was a big reason they were unable to win their first two games as he had some ill-timed missed kicks. The former seventh-round pick was subsequently released and replaced with Greg Joseph.
While Joseph ended up performing well, he had some missed extra points and a few kicks that came off like knuckleballs which barely split the uprights. He will have a shot to keep his job but competition wouldn’t be a bad thing. With that in mind, Cleveland takes Utah’s Matt Gay with their first of two picks in the seventh round.
During his career with the Utes, Gay connected on 56-of-65 kicks and made all 85 extra point tries. He could end up being the long-term answer if he continues his consistency.
Round 7, Pick 22: Walter Palmore, DT, Missouri
Jerry Tillery should be a starter for the Browns quickly after they used a second-round pick on him in this mock, but they will still need more depth as they aim to turn a weakness into a position of strength. With their final pick, they take Walter Palmore out of Missouri as he aims to make the team as a backup defensive tackle.
Palmore transferred to Missouri from Eastern Arizona and had his best year in 2018 when he recorded 31 tackles and one sack.