ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay recently released a 3-round 2019 NFL mock draft and has the Cleveland Browns adding a home town kid as well as a former Ohio State University starter
Many draft experts are expecting the Cleveland Browns to go after a defensive back when they make their first selection at No. 49 overall in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. Now, ESPN analyst Todd McShay can be added to the list of people who believe this is the direction the improving franchise should go.
In a recently released three-round mock draft by McShay, he has the Browns taking Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne with their second-round pick. Layne has been a popular choice in many mocks due to him being a fit in defensive coordinator Steve Wilks’ scheme.
Wilks prefers corners who offer up plenty of length to frustrate opposing receivers — which is one of Layne’s best assets. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Layne is able to use his size and plays physically in press coverage.
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He’s also a player who really wants to land with the Browns. The Cleveland native has said more than once that he would love to come home and be a part of the rebuild that’s happening in The Land.
McShay then goes to the other side of the line of scrimmage with the Browns third-round pick. At No. 80 overall, the analyst takes Michael Jordan, the Ohio State guard. Jordan has experience at both guard and center, which helps the Browns in more than one area.
One is he can give them some competition at right guard following their trade of Kevin Zeitler. That job looks to be Austin Corbett’s to lose, but making him fight for it is a good thing. Two is Jordan offers a player capable of backing up J.C. Tretter at center, which is definitely a need.
Out of the two picks, the Jordan one still seems a little high. He could likely be around in the fourth and there may be more pressing needs to target with their third-round selection than a player who most likely becomes a backup.
The real draft begins on Thursday, April 25th and will run through Saturday, April 27th.