A 7-round 2021 Cleveland Browns mock draft during J.J. Watt hysteria
The Cleveland Browns are one of the favorites to sign pass-rusher J.J. Watt, so naturally, an addition of that caliber would dramatically change the team’s 2021 NFL Draft plans, right?
Wrong. The most likely course of action opposite Myles Garrett was to sign a veteran in free agency and then draft a rookie in the third or fourth round. Watt is just a much better player than the rest of the free-agent EDGE class this offseason.
With that said, we’ll be using NFL Mock Draft Database’s simulator this week, and ended up with a well-rounded class that provides Baker Mayfield a playmaking wide receiver and the defense some playable bodies.
The son of a potential future Hall of Famer, Asante Samuel, Jr. has the talent to be just as good, if not better than his dad. He has everything you could possibly want in a cornerback except size; he’s a slight 5-10, 184-pounds, and if he had an extra two inches, he’d probably be a top-10 pick this year. He’s fast, extremely quick and athletic, physical, and it’s easy to see that he grew up watching his dad’s tape by the way he plays the position mentally.
Samuel and Denzel Ward would be a very small starting CB duo, but they’d also be very fast, which is more important. The Browns can’t count on Greedy Williams in 2021, and Terrance Mitchell isn’t the level of player you want starting for a Super Bowl contender. Samuel would make a huge impact as a rookie in Cleveland’s journey to defensive mediocrity.