Cleveland Browns steal top cornerback in Divisional Round 2021 NFL mock draft

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Jan 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) in action during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A Cleveland Browns mock draft heading into the Divisional Round

It’s officially draft season for the majority of teams around the NFL, but not the Cleveland Browns. They still have a playoff run to finish.

Still, Browns mock drafts continue out of habit, and this week features the introduction of a new simulator to the cycle, courtesy of Pro Football Focus. The simulator still has some kinks to be ironed out, but it’s at the very least quite entertaining.

For the second consecutive week, linebacker is absent from the team’s selections. That’s entirely by design; the goal was to get Joe Woods the personnel he needs to run his defense properly, and the LB position is marginalized in that base dime utopia. The more speed and coverage on the field, the better.

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Patrick Surtain II
CB Alabama

Well, this is a nice start. Not much has to be said about Patrick Surtain; he’s an excellent player with the size (6-2, 202), athletic ability, and cover skills to be an elite player in the NFL. It wouldn’t even be surprising to see him take over the CB1 role from Denzel Ward. He’s that good, and it’s why he’ll be a top-10 pick.

These mock drafts aren’t intended to be realistic until the Browns make free agency moves in March. In the meantime, the goal is to have fun and learn about prospects, so that’s what we’ll do for the next two months.

Adding Surtain to the Cleveland secondary would be a true game-changer, preparing the defense to hang with the best offenses in the league.

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