The New York Jets were likely anxious they would not have the ability to draft one of the top four tackles before the draft began. But once again because of quarterback hungry teams the Jets will be a beneficiary. And with the Browns trading back, they will have their pick of three great options.
While Wirfs and Becton enhanced their stock drastically at the combine, Andrew Thomas of Georgia did nothing but live up to high expectations at Georgia. Because of that, the Jets will go with the surer pick and take the former Dawg.
The Jets made a lot of upgrades along their offensive line this offseason, but no one in comparison to what Thomas can add. A wide receiver would be a nice addition for Sam Darnold, but protection is even better. With the top two receivers off the board, the Jets will snag a long-time starter at left tackle in Thomas.
TRADE – Cleveland Browns from Las Vegas Raiders
Will the Browns be tempted to trade up for Isaiah Simmons? Likely, but it would not be a good idea because of the tremendous cost and gaping hole the Browns have at left tackle currently. Yes, there are options like Jason Peters or trading for Trent Williams, but both of those come with huge risks. The Browns have a need for a left tackle, and there is a potential All-Pro caliber player available for them to take…take him.
Previous talks of the Browns trading back have made me extremely anxious, but in this scenario, it works out perfectly. The Browns will land a highly-rated tackle and get an additional third-round pick from the Raiders. With two first-round picks in 2020, this move will be a no brainer for the Raiders to make sure they get a top receiver.
The Browns landing Jedrick Wills Jr. from Alabama would be a tremendous get while moving back. Wills may slide because of shorter stature and arms, but the Bama right tackle has the versatility to easily switch sides and can make up for any flaws with his quickness and powerful hips. Becton could be a possibility for the Browns as well, but there are too many concerns to draft over Wills at this point. At this point, there isn’t much more Andrew Berry can do to make Browns fans happy.