Round 1, Pick 10: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Yes, offensive tackle is the greatest need on this Cleveland Browns team. And if they once again avoid taking a starter for their line with their first-round pick, they’re taking a massive risk. However, there are players who will be around in the second — and possibly third — round that can be an improvement over what they have right now. They could also land someone in free agency capable of helping out so they aren’t married to the pick at No. 10.
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And this mock draft shows exactly why they don’t want to be backed into a corner. At No. 10 overall, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons is still on the board. And while linebacker isn’t the same need tackle is at this point, the Browns do need to add a play-maker here, especially if they don’t re-sign Joe Schobert.
As for Simmons, he’s probably the one option Cleveland could find this offseason that will give fans a reason to forgive them for allowing Schobert to leave — again, not a given but it seems as though there’s a chance it will happen. Simmons is a player who has top-5 talent but thanks to a run on quarterbacks, the Browns luck out and can grab him here.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230-pounds, Simmons can fly all over the field and makes plays from sideline-to-sideline. Even better, he has the ability to play safety and while Cleveland won’t line him up there, he will be a huge improvement over the coverage their current linebackers offer.
Fans know all too well how frustrating it has been to be carved up in the passing game by opposing tight ends, as well as running backs in the flat. Simmons is the player they need on defense to finally slow that down.