Cleveland Browns: New year’s Day 7-Round mock brings new hope
Round 4: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
Throughout the past two seasons, the Cleveland Browns have added a lot of cornerback depth in both the draft and free agency. Their key additions were Denzel Ward in the 2018 NFL Draft and Greedy Williams in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. And in free agency, they added T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell.
Ward and Williams look to be around for a long time but both Mitchell and Carrie might be short-timers considering they have larger contracts and are now officially part of the old regime additions.
Even with all that being said, they don’t need to go for a starter which is why they wait until the fourth round to add a corner. With this pick, they grab Darnay Holmes out of UCLA.
While with the Bruins, Holmes was played on the boundaries more but his skill set suggests he would be better in the slot as a nickel cornerback. There are concerns about his tackling though, but once you get into the mid-rounds, it’s hard to find a player who is a finished product.
Holmes could spend his first couple of seasons in the NFL working as a special teams gunner but has the potential to eventually replace someone such as Carrie in the slot.