5. Ashtyn Davis, California
The Browns could very well have themselves a stud at strong safety in Karl Joseph. Formerly the No. 14 overall pick out of West Virginia, Joseph had his fair share of good games with the Oakland Raiders but never seemed to be a favorite of head coach Jon Gruden.
Once Gruden arrived and started to trade players off, Joseph continued to have his name mentioned in trade rumors. Nothing ever came to fruition but there was little doubt he would be elsewhere in 2020. Cleveland was happy to give him a fresh start and there’s a solid chance he makes good on his ‘prove-it’ deal and earns a multi-year extension.
With that being the case, the Browns are more likely to be targeting free safeties and one of the better ones in this class is Ashtyn Davis out of California. Before the Combine, Davis had a lot of buzz as a second-round pick but his name hasn’t been circulating as much lately. This doesn’t mean he’s not still a great prospect, but just that some others have proven themselves worthy as well.
Davis is listed at 6-foot-1 and 202-pounds but he doesn’t lack for toughness and aggression. He played all over the field for Cal but was at his best in a zone coverage while playing cover two. He has good instincts which led to him picking off seven passes in his career for the Golden Bears.
Most likely a day two pick, Davis should be on the board when Cleveland is picking at No. 41. He’s a player who could start right away or could even work in sub-packages while he develops into an even better player. Either way, he could end up being a starter for many years should he be their guy.