Cleveland Browns: 7-round mock draft addresses major holes
After taking Grant Delpit in the first round, the Browns grab an offensive lineman with their second pick. The player they land is TCU’s Lucas Niang who is a massive player at 6-foot-7 and 328-pounds.
Unsurprisingly, he’s a player who dominates with power and can push people around. He entered this season as one of the top prospects at his position but struggled at times due to playing with a hip injury.
He ended up needing surgery and saw his season end in late October. Niang’s injury shouldn’t limit him in 2020 and Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network sees him as a starter early in his career.
"“Lucas Niang is a high-upside starter in the NFL. Niang’s mobility would make him a great fit in a zone style system and his length and range as a pass blocker make him an attractive option for teams with deeper passing concepts. There is some refinement needed in Niang’s footwork but he shows all the requisite physical skills to be a plus starter in the pros. Should find the field early and improve through first few seasons. Should be healthy for the 2020 season.” — Crabbs, The Draft Network"
Picking up a free agent, or landing Trent Williams via trade, won’t stop the Browns from grabbing a player such as Niang. He has the tools to be a left tackle in the NFL but seems to be a better fit at right tackle considering his strength and ability to push people around in the running game.
He should also give them a player capable of taking over for Chris Hubbard who has not been a great fit in their offense.