The NFL Combine is a chance for all teams to get a closer look at prospects and here are three players the Browns should target in later rounds.
For the better part of the last week, NFL teams have gathered in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, which the front offices will use as a scouting tool. The Cleveland Browns, of course, were there to get a closer look at a lot of young men who they could end up drafting next month.
The players attending the combine went through a myriad of different drills and measurements which every NFL front office and coaching staff have access to. Now, this isn’t the end-all, be-all of whether or not a team will decide to draft or pass on any given player. Sometimes the measurements are talked about a bit too much, but it also gives many people talking points to put out content about the combine.
There will be some players who really elevated their stock after this past week and there will also be others who lose draft stock for whatever reason. Most of these players will be in front of scouts in a few weeks during college pro days.
The Browns have a ton of draft picks with eight and the deeper parts of the draft are really where teams can be built by adding depth with players that would become starters. All three players on this list can do just that. Depending on how the draft pans out, Cleveland could essentially draft all three of these players around the same time.
For the purposes of this list, anything from around the middle of the third round all the way to the seventh round will be considered a later-round target for the Browns to go after.
Cleveland Browns later round draft target No. 3
Haskell Garrett – DT – Ohio State
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound former Buckeye could be a later-round project for the Browns that could lead to much-needed depth at the defensive tackle position. The team will look to fill holes on the defensive line in free agency, but will also look in the draft as well.
Haskell Garrett did not do many of the drills at the combine, but did run a 5.07 in the 40-yard dash and had a 24-inch vertical jump. He could run more drills at Ohio State’s pro day, but he doesn’t have to if he doesn’t want to.
This is one of those players who could work his way into the rotation or provide the occasional spot-start if needed. He has quick and strong hands which is a plus, but his arm length is something that could cause him issues at the next level.
In 2021, Garrett compiled 5.5 sacks, 22 total tackles, two fumble recoveries, and a pass deflection for the Buckeyes. If the Browns think he can produce that in the NFL, they should take a chance on him in the fourth or fifth round.