Cleveland Browns mock draft: Post Jadeveon Clowney edition
Toney turned 23 in January, and measured in at just 6-2 242 pounds at the Senior Bowl. His low weight is due to his contraction of COVID-19, the aftereffects he is still dealing with. He apparently played at above 250 pounds, which would give him a nearly identical build to McKinley when he was drafted.
Jayson Oweh is the Nittany Lion EDGE that gets all the hype, but Toney was actually the better collegiate player in this writer’s opinion, and it wasn’t particularly close. He holds up well against the run despite his size and has an excellent first step. He has easy bend around the edge and is too quick for most tackles to deal with. He tested extremely well, and could either fill the McKinley speed rusher role moving forward, or perhaps moonlight as a WILL linebacker in certain scenarios.
At this point in the draft, nabbing an athlete of Toney’s caliber would be a tremendous accomplishment, especially at a premium position.
The Browns spent big on John Johnson III, but still lack a true centerfielder free safety. Grant Delpit has the ability to fill that role, but he is coming off a torn achilles, and, if healthy, playing him deep every snap would be a tremendous waste of his versatile skillset.
Forrest is a great athlete who needs refinement, but he has elite range on the back end and can contribute on special teams right away with the potential to develop into a quality starter.
Cleveland has the best offensive line in the league, but that group could be quite different in 2022. J.C. Tretter could be replaced by Nick Harris, Joel Bitionio could be moved on from, and Wyatt Teller is due for a new contract. Judging by recent guard deals, the Browns may not be willing to pay Teller what he’ll command.
The team has met with Cooper, whose play at a small school can be accurately described as “hilarious”. He’s a mean, physical, and athletic blocker who fits the mold of what this front office seems to look for in its linemen.
With this class, Cleveland adds some quality contributors for this season while improving depth at key positons and planning for difficult decisions that lay ahead.