Round 2, Pick 41: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
The Browns can get their second-biggest need out of the way here and grab one of the draft’s top safeties in Southern Illinois defender Jeremy Chinn. With Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons long gone in this mock draft, the Browns are in prime position to take perhaps the draft’s second-best safety.
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The 6-foot-3 22-year-old Chinn has drawn a lot of eyes away from Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. for the draft’s second safety spot. Chinn is an athletic freak with a ton of upside, and great football instincts on the back end of the defense. Combined with speed demon Denzel Ward, newly signed safety Karl Joseph, and promising young corner Greedy Williams, Chinn could complete a very strong secondary in Cleveland.
Round 3, Pick 74: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
With the first of their third-round picks, the Browns should attempt to bolster their linebacking corps. The Browns double-dipped at linebacker in the middle rounds last draft, and while I doubt they would do that again, it would do them some good to at least address the position. At pick No. 74, the Browns should look into Willie Gay Jr. from Mississippi State.
The Mississippi native is a bit small for a linebacker at just 6-foot-1, but his tape shows great tackling ability and lots of potential. In Joe Schobert‘s absence, Cleveland’s linebackers need a lot of help. Willie Gay Jr. could be the next step in remedying that now that the Browns have signed former Packer B.J. Goodson.
Round 3, Pick 97: K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
The immediate fate of Browns receiver Rashard Higgins is officially up in the air. Regardless of whether or not Higgins actually stays in the orange and brown, the Browns are going to need another reliable option at receiver in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. Ohio State’s K.J. Hill could easily fill that void.
As the Buckeyes’ all-time leading receiver, Hill has been one of the most dependable pass-catchers in the country. Hill has proven that quarterbacks can count on him, which is exactly what Baker Mayfield loved about Rashard Higgins his rookie year. A reliable option behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry is exactly what Cleveland’s skill position group needs.