Cleveland Browns trade-up target No. 2: Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon
While he might not go first overall or even in the top-three, Kayvon Thibodeaux out of Oregon might be the best overall player in this entire draft class. He has the potential to be a generational talent and one team will be lucky to draft him.
For the Browns, this is an even better option to trade up for than Ojabo would be, and that’s no knock on Ojabo. It would likely mean having to trade with either the Texans at three, the Jets at four, or the Giants at five. Now, one of those teams could love the idea of drafting Thibodeaux, which would make it a bit more difficult for Berry to execute a trade.
At the end of the day, you won’t be mad if the Browns trade up and draft Thibodeaux. This young man will be turning heads and making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks every Sunday starting this September and it would be ideal if he was wearing brown and orange.
Thibodeaux has great speed, agility, and flexibility, which is tremendously similar to how Myles Garrett is. Just think about this for a minute; what’s better than one player with the skillset of Garrett? That’s right, two players with the skillset of Garrett.
In 10 games for the Ducks in 2021, Thibodeaux recorded seven sacks, 49 tackles – 12 for a loss – and two forced fumbles. Those numbers could go up in the NFL, which of course all depends on how he develops.
If Jadeveon Clowney does not return, Thibodeaux can also fill that void, even if the Browns land another veteran EDGE rusher. Thibodeaux was also deployed in coverage and can handle his own in that regard. However, if Clowney does return, the Browns could potentially use him or Thibodeaux on the interior and have the trio of Clowney, Thibodeaux, and Garrett. Now, that is a scary sight for the opposition.
Should this even be a remote possibility, Andrew Berry should heavily consider this as it would give the Browns not one, but two elite pass rushers, which is vital in today’s NFL.