Retooling the Cleveland Browns 4.0: Post free agency mock draft
By Mitch Zoloty
The Cleveland Browns finish this defense-heavy mock draft by selecting another safety, this time it is Josh Metellus out of Michigan. He is a little undersized, as he measured in at the NFL Combine at 5-foot-11 and 209-pounds, but that shouldn’t be a concern.
This late in the draft it is very hard to find starting-caliber players, and the team decides to play it safe again and takes a player who could provide great depth at the safety position. Metellus translates over to the NFL more likely than not to be a strong safety or a box safety, the role similar to what Karl Joseph will play for the Browns.
Karl Joseph has yet to play a full season in the NFL, so drafting a backup that can sit behind him and Andrew Sendejo and learn from them would be a wise decision, as both could not be on the Browns in 2021. A solid player in his tenure at Michigan, Metellus was able to rack up 186 tackles and five interceptions, all five interceptions coming his junior and senior season.
Like some of the previous players mentioned in this mock draft, he is a good tackler. This has been an emphasis, as the Browns had a problem with missed tackles last season. The easiest way to lose a football game is to not win the turnover margin and to miss tackles.
This is why the Browns should emphasize on getting players who can cause turnovers and wrap up when needed. Josh Metellus fits this mold and would be great for the Browns to have in their secondary.