5. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
The Browns still need a cornerback opposite Denzel Ward if they want to create a truly elite, high-impact secondary. Terrence Mitchell is a fine option as the second man to Ward, but the Browns could absolutely do better with just a quick move into the first round.
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By leap-frogging into the early 20s in the first round, the Browns could have a shot at Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin, if he is the man they have their eyes on. A state wrestling champion in high school Ya-Sin comes from a tough, tackling-focused background. Not to mention, he stands a feisty 5-11, and has plenty of room to get better as he moves to the next level.
Ya-Sin moved up to the FBS in his final year after playing football for Presbyterian for most of his college career. Temple seemed to be a perfect fit, and Ya-Sin proved he could play, and excel, with the big boys. After launching himself into serious draft conversation, Ya-Sin’s fantastic pre-draft process pushed him into the first round in the eyes of many scouts.
Trading up into the middle of the first round would almost guarantee the Browns a chance at Ya-Sin. If John Dorsey can zero in on a team looking to move down, perhaps the Seattle Seahawks at No. 21, Cleveland could make some noise and move back into the first for the man with the best name in the draft.
You can find more on Ya-Sin and his strengths and weaknesses with our draft profile here.