Cleveland Browns add secondary stars in 7-round 2020 NFL mock draft
By Nick Pedone
Round No. 3, Pick No. 74: Damon Arnette, CB Ohio State
I was absolutely blown away when Damon Arnette slipped this far in The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator.
While the Browns have plenty of tools at cornerback with Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams and Terrance Mitchell, I could not pass up on the best player available at this point.
Arnette fell victim to playing second fiddle to cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who is almost certainly a top-five selection. During his time with the Buckeyes, Arnette played four seasons but took a while to become a starter, a bit of a late bloomer.
Arnette is a sticky defender and his best traits are his ball skills and press coverage. He definitely thrived last season with the Buckeyes and his 2019 tape will help his draft stock ascend. His worst trait is his tackling, but as a young prospective defensive player, he certainly is on the rise.
While this is not a position of immediate need for the Browns, I could not resist drafting him to provide healthy competition and above-average depth.
He definitely possesses the skills to become a starting defensive back in the NFL and, if he falls to this point, would put tremendous pressure on Ward and Williams, who have already faced a small abundance of injuries, to continue with their development. Arnette at No. 74 is a bit of wishful thinking, and Notre Dame’s Troy Pride Jr. could be a much more realistic cornerback to fall to this spot.