The Cleveland Browns seem to be pigeon-holed into drafting the top left tackle left on the board at No. 10 overall. Here are three players who can change their minds.
General manager Andrew Berry and the Cleveland Browns seem to be content on taking the top-rated left tackle left on its board when the draft rolls around in a few weeks. That may not be a great idea.
With teams such as the New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, and the Jacksonville Jaguars all in need of an offensive tackle, the Browns could be left selecting the third or fourth-best tackle left on its board.
And if their fourth-best tackle rates pretty close to its seventh-best tackle, then why not wait to draft one until the second round? That is why Cleveland needs to be prepared to select another player who isn’t an offensive tackle.
Here are three players who can fill the bill at No. 10 overall.
No. 3: Isaiah Simmons LB, Clemson
Isaiah Simmons might be the best defensive player in this draft not named Chase Young. With the speed and coverage skills equivalent to a cornerback and the big-play ability that matches anyone in this draft class, Simmons would not only fill a major need for Cleveland but would instantly become a key part of its defense.
Now Simmons slipping to No. 10 overall would be a long shot but if there is a run on offensive tackles and quarterbacks inside the top 10 then it is a legit possibility.
And with the ability to play linebacker, safety and slot corner, Simmons is a rare talent the likes of which we have never seen wearing Brown and Orange before. Here is what Lance Zierlein of NFL Network had to say:
"“He can handle zone or man coverage from a variety of spots on the field, which gives defensive coordinators a chance to disguise blitz packages and exotic post-snap looks. He’ll miss run fits and can be misdirected due to a lack of instincts near the line, but his playmaking range outweighs those concerns for now. His unique potential to spy and shrink the field against dual-threat quarterbacks could push him way up the draft board.” –Lance Zielein, NFL Network"
That doesn’t sound like a bad player to land at No. 10 whatsoever.