Cleveland Browns: Double up on tackle, safety in 7-round mock draft
By Clay Goodwin
With the NFL offseason underway, the Cleveland Browns need to fill their weaknesses. How will this year’s draft help them fix their flaws?
Heading into the prime of the offseason, the Cleveland Browns have one of the most talented rosters they have had in quite some time. However, they still have glaring needs that need to be addressed in order to get over the hump this season.
The goal for Cleveland is to make the playoffs – something they have not done since 2002. The base of the team is there and capable of making it to the postseason, but until the voids are filled on the roster with talented players, they will likely continue to be mediocre.
The most obvious weak spot for the Browns is on the offensive line – particularly right and left tackle, as well as at right guard. Tackles Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard have done very poorly for the Browns offense and attempting to protect quarterback Baker Mayfield. Both tackle spots desperately need a new look this year, whether that comes from free agency or the NFL draft.
Look for the Browns to bring in more than one tackle this offseason and do not be surprised to see more than one draft pick spent on a tackle.
The other weaknesses for the team include both safety positions and additional depth at defensive line, linebacker, and corner. These weaknesses became evident last year with various injuries and suspensions. When the normal starters were out, the reserves could not keep up solid productions and it hurt the team severely.
The Browns will certainly look to fill these voids with their selections in this year’s draft. This particular mock draft addresses the Browns’ biggest holes with solid players who can contribute to the team sooner than later.