Round 2, Pick 49: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
The trade for Odell Beckham, Jr. is sure to go down as one of the biggest moves in the team’s history. They finally found themselves a star quarterback in Baker Mayfield and adding OBJ gives him a go-to wideout who is capable of taking games over. Pairing him with Jarvis Landry means the Browns could potentially have the best wide receiver duos in the league.
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As good as that move was, they did have to surrender quite a bit in exchange. The first round pick was huge, but so too was the fact that they parted with Jabrill Peppers. The starting strong safety had developed into a solid player and was a 2017 first-round pick himself.
Cleveland will need to replace him in 2019 and in this mock, things work out to where they can do that with their first pick. At No. 49 overall, the Browns grab Taylor Rapp out of Washington to fill the void at the position. Rapp is a sure tackler and a plus defender in terms of run support — which is where Peppers made his mark.
In addition to his punishing hits, Rapp is a solid player in coverage as well. He’s not perfect in this area but he could be an improvement over Peppers — even if he was better than his reputation suggested. He’ll have to beat out Derrick Kindred for the starting job, but he surely has the talent to do just that.