Don’t run yet Browns fans, remember, I’m 100 percent in the “we better get a top-four tackle boat.” However, there is one scenario that could work for both teams. The thought all offseason by many experts is the Las Vegas Raiders will be after a number one receiver in this year’s draft. The Raiders have been unable to fill that void since the departure of Antonio Brown before the beginning of 2019.
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If the Jaguars do draft wide receiver Jerry Jeudy from Alabama with pick No.. 9, the Raiders may be highly motivated to move up a few slots to make sure they can draft CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma. Kiper currently has the Raiders passing on Lamb in mock 4.0, but I don’t see that happening. The Raiders need a top wide receiver and will get jumpy that the New York Jets could get in front of them for Lamb.
The Jets have signed just enough offensive lineman this offseason to make a team like the Raiders think they will draft a wide receiver.
However, I’m still convinced the Jets are still focused on trying to protect young quarterback Sam Darnold with an upgrade at tackle.
The Raiders moving from pick no. 12 to no. 10 also helps the Jets as well. Now, the Jets would have the pick of three tackles at No. 11 versus the pick of two with the Browns behind them.
If the Browns rate Andrew Thomas and Jedrick Wills Jr. equally to Tristian Wirfs or Mekhi Becton (assuming Wirfs and Becton go No. 8 & 11), Cleveland could take the Raiders third-round pick, move back two spots and still get Thomas or Wills. To many, Thomas and Wills are the best two most NFL ready prospects at tackle in the draft. Wirfs and Becton may have slightly higher ceilings and future potential, but it must be developed.
If there are two (preferably three) of the top four tackles remaining once the Browns get on the clock, I have no problem trading back, but only if it is to the Raiders. Trading any further back and the Browns will be settling for Ezra Cleveland or Josh Jones as their left tackle in 2020.