Fifth round, 160th overall pick: Nick Harris
Another somewhat surprising pick by the Cleveland Browns was Nick Harris, the interior offensive lineman out of Washington. Harris likely won’t see any playing time his rookie year, as the Browns offensive line is pretty solid ahead of him.
He will find himself battling for a roster spot, and his contract does him no favors in terms of making him stick around. Harris’ rookie contract is a four-year, $3,609,648 contract with only his signing bonus of $314,648 guaranteed. The Cleveland Browns could cut him right now and only take a dead cap penalty of $314,648, his signing bonus.
It is more likely than not that Harris will play at least his rookie year with the Cleveland Browns, but like all other day three picks, his future is cloudy. If Harris is able to stick around on the roster till the end of his rookie contract and contribute to the franchise, that is a huge win. These types of day three contracts are low risk, high reward contracts for NFL teams. Hitting on these picks is the key to building a Super bowl winning team, see the Seattle Seahawks in the early 2010s for example.
The 160th overall pick has not been kind to NFL franchises in recent years. The past three 160th overall picks have been defensive tackle Daylon Mack to the Ravens, defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo to the Rams, and offensive tackle Roderick Johnson to the Browns.
Mack and Okoronkwo, while not contributing to their teams much yet in their careers, both are still on their respective rosters. Johnson didn’t make the season-opening roster his rookie year and is currently playing for the Texans.
Mack was the 160th overall pick in 2019, and his rookie contract was a four-year, $2,819,280 deal with only his signing bonus of $299,280 guaranteed.