Round 3, Pick 81: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
Personally, I go back and forth on which position to target first between safety and cornerback. Both spots are needs, but not dire needs. Thanks to the presence of Derrick Kindred, the team knows they have a starting caliber strong safety and don’t have to reach. The same can be said of Terrance Mitchell who projects as the starting corner opposite Denzel Ward.
The truth is, they’re in a good enough spot that they can decide which way to go based on who’s on the board at No. 49. In this mock, that happened to be Taylor Rapp. With them landing the safety there, Dorsey now turns his attention to the cornerback position — and he’s not disappointed to see Isaiah Johnson available at No. 81.
A former wide receiver, Johnson converted to corner for Houston and impressed at the position. He enters the draft with elite size (6-foot-2 and 208-pounds) and has great hands considering his background as a wideout. He had his best season in 2018, recording 66 tackles and two interceptions for the Cougars. Still a work in progress, Johnson’s potential is enticing and should have the Browns excited about his potential to develop into a good starter down the road.