Cleveland Browns 7-round mock draft after 1st quarter of the season
Yes, this is the third offensive linemen taken in their first five picks, but the fact is the Browns need to do all they can to protect Baker Mayfield. Already landing two potential starters in Tristan Wirf and Trey Smith, Cleveland uses this pick acquired from the Houston Texans to land someone capable of becoming a backup along the interior in Tommy Kraemer.
Kraemer has played all over the Notre Dame offensive line and is a solid blocker in pass protection. He’s also able to make some noise in the run game when he gets to the second level as stated by Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network.
"“Huge, wide, big, large. Really tough to work around in pass protection given the sheer breadth and length he brings to the interior. Also present an issue on combo/scoop blocks as he wins on half-man relationships and walls off the second level nicely when working off of doubles. Has a headhunter’s mentality when he’s uncovered and regularly broadsides unsuspecting rushers as a help blocker; will also look to flatten when he’s steamrolling into the second level.” — Solak, The Draft Network"
Already loaded with talent on the offensive side of the ball, the Browns do all they can to make sure they have the time necessary to distribute the ball to those weapons. Adding someone such as Kraemer to the mix gives them a versatile player who gives them some much-needed depth.