The Cleveland Browns add Aidan Hutchinson in recent mock draft
This offseason was full of good moves for Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry. He was solid in his first offseason as well as his first draft as the head of an NFL franchise.
We have yet to see his draft picks play in an NFL game but there’s a lot of hope they will have several players ready to contribute from day one — including Jedrick Wills and Grant Delpit. There’s also some hope that he can continue to have some success in future drafts and many of us are already looking ahead to those upcoming drafts.
That includes Cody Williams of NFL Spin Zone, who has been churning out routine 2021 NFL Mock Drafts and has consistently been looking at linebacker for the Browns. However, his most recent mock went elsewhere as he had the Browns drafting at No. 18, where they took Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson — although this was in part due to the top linebackers being off the board.
“The Cleveland Browns would love to see either Dylan Moses or Micah Parsons fall to them. Linebacker is clearly their biggest need on the roster and there’s a big drop-off after those two in the 2021 class. Here, they have to settle for Aidan Hutchinson, which is far from a consolation prize. The Michigan edge rusher has a ton of power and technical skill getting after the passer, which Cleveland can pair with Myles Garrett.” — Williams, NFL Spin Zone
Williams is right that both Dylan Moses and Micah Parsons would be ideal fits for the Browns who need some help at linebacker. Right now, they have Mack Wilson, B.J. Goodson, Sione Takitaki, and Jacob Phillips as their top-four options. Moses and Parsons would immediately become their best linebacker should they be able to land either.
Having said all that, Hutchinson would be a great fit as well. Cleveland currently has Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon as the starting defensive ends but Vernon is in the final year of his contract and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him playing elsewhere in 2021.
Adding Hutchinson would give them a younger player who has football in his blood considering his father also played for Michigan. Hutchinson is also perfectly built to play on the edge at 6-foot-6 and 269-pounds — and as Williams pointed out, he has as much technical savvy as he does power.
Linebacker seems to be the ideal choice but Hutchinson seems to be an excellent fallback option.