The Cleveland Browns knocked their first pick out of the park and they can add even more talent, which they do in this day two mock draft
Rookie general manager Andrew Berry made an excellent selection for the Cleveland Browns as he took Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, Jr. at No. 10 overall. Throughout the entire process leading up to this draft, it seemed to be a sure thing that the Browns were going to take an offensive tackle — and they didn't disappoint.
With only Andrew Thomas, who went to the New York Giants at No. 4, off the board, the Browns had their share of picks. Iowa's Tristan Wirfs and Louisville's Mekhi Becton were also available and Cleveland was linked to them at one point as well.
Both Becton and Wirfs had more experience at left tackle, which is the position they needed after signing Jack Conklin in free agency. Conklin was one of the best in the league at his right tackle position and Wills will end up making the move considering he's more athletic and can handle the speed rushers.
The pick was a home run and will help shore up their biggest weakness. Last season, the O-line absolutely killed the team and kept Baker Mayfield from getting the ball out to Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry consistently. Wills will help everyone do their job better, but the work isn't done.
Cleveland still has other needs to address and plenty of draft picks left to add the talent they need. Here, we look ahead to Friday night and predict what they will do with their selections, which as of now will come at No. 41 in Round 2 and 74 and 97 in the third.
Last season, the Browns didn't have a first-round pick due to their Odell Beckham, Jr. trade which made for a long first night of the draft. Things got interesting in the second-round though as they saw a top prospect at a position of need start to fall.
LSU cornerback Greedy Williams was widely considered a first-round pick but he ended up lasting until the 46th selection, which is where Cleveland stopped his fall after moving up a few picks following a trade with the Indianapolis Colts.
Williams ended up starting right away (although he missed time with a hamstring injury) and while he's had some issues in coverage, he does have a lot of potential. Now, he's joined by a former teammate of his, who is also dropping some as Grant Delpit makes it into Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft after not being selected on Thursday night.
And while it could be tempting to trade up for Delpit, much like they did with Williams, Cleveland shouldn't have to. That's because Delpit wasn't alone in being passed over as fellow safety Xavier McKinney, the Alabama star, wasn't picked either.
With McKinney still on the board, he would likely be the first safety chosen, leaving Delpit there for the taking once Cleveland is on the clock at No. 41. Adding him would give the Browns another player to build around on their young defense and continue to score major points in a draft that's already off to a great start with the selection of Jedrick Wills.
The Browns lost two starting linebackers this offseason as they released Christian Kirksey and weren't willing to give Joe Schobert the type of contract he was seeking in free agency. With those two out, Cleveland will be turning to second-year players Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki as well as veteran free-agent addition B.J. Goodson.
While they do have faith in these players, they need to add competition and depth. With that being the case, they use their first of two picks in the third round on Oregon's Troy Dye. While playing for the Ducks, Dye was able to fly all over the field and had a nose for finding the ball.
He didn't take on offensive linemen a lot and can thrive in a defense with a solid line, and the Browns have that with Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, Andrew Billings, and Larry Ogunjobi. Should they be able to free Dye up, he could become a big-time playmaker.
Cleveland has two great wide receiving options on the roster but behind Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry there are a lot of question marks. With only KhaDarel Hodge and Damion Ratley on the roster, it wouldn't be a shock at all to see the Browns add another wideout before Friday night is over and they do that here with Tyler Johnson from Minnesota.
Johnson would give Baker Mayfield a target with more height than Landry and OBJ as he comes in at 6-foot-1 and 206-pounds. He also excels at catching contested passes and is fresh off his second-straight season with more than 1,000-yards receiving for the Gophers.
In all, he had 213 catches for 3,305 yards and 33 touchdowns. In any other draft, he's gone long before Pick No. 97 but with the talent this class has, Cleveland lucks out and gets great value.