We have all heard the KISS method meaning, keep it simple stupid. That should be the preferred strategy for Browns fans and Andrew Berry on Thursday night. Don’t get greedy and reach for more draft assets.
Draft your guy (preferably Andrew Thomas or Jedrick Wills) at No. 10, and then move on. The Browns would not be reaching at all for any of the four top tackles at No. 10. The draft will be difficult enough with the draft being virtual, let’s not make it any more difficult than necessary.
If the draft goes as Kiper projects, I would strongly urge the Browns to pass on Becton. While he is big and athletic, weight is a concern on top of not always playing top-end talent. Thomas and Wills faced top SEC talent for multiple years, which can’t be overlooked.
Either of these guys can come in and be a high performing starter from day one. Given his past at left tackle, the Browns will likely lean towards Thomas (keep it simple stupid…again). Why worry about Wills or Jack Conklin needing to switch sides if not necessary?
The Browns won six games last year, but the talent on the roster is much greater than that. Yes, there is a lack of depth at defense that needs to be addressed but collecting an additional second or third-round pick to move back past pick No. 15 is the first round is not going to solve any issues. Not taking one of the top four tackles shows the franchise in re-build vs. win-now mentality, which would be a huge mistake.
Keep it simple, draft a top tackle at pick No. 10, and then focus on defense in the second and third rounds. Remember, the Browns already have an additional third-round pick from the Texans. This year’s draft is deep at tackle, but there is a huge drop from prospect number 4 to 5, and the Browns should not be content accepting that as a result.
Andrew Berry has proven himself to Browns fans so far, look for him to make another statement and stay put Thursday night.