Cleveland Browns key player No. 3 to draft: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
One of the Browns free agents this offseason is defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and there is speculation on whether or not the team will be able to bring him back. Therefore, Cleveland might consider drafting a top-tier defensive lineman and edge rusher.
There are several excellent players in this department including Aidan Hutchinson out of Michigan. He is projected to be drafted in the top two or three of the draft.
Another player, Kayvon Thibodeaux, out of Oregon will also be drafted very high according to many projections. Again Cleveland would have to consider moving up in the draft order to call Thibodeaux’s name. The potential upside is what many look at with drafting Thibodeaux as the 6’5 defensive end can be a game-changer for a team.
His stats in college weren’t extraordinary like others in the same position. He was sidelined with injuries as well so that limited his numbers a bit. He did record nine sacks when he was a freshman and had seven more this last season.
The potential with Thibodeaux is likely off the charts and lining him opposite Browns best defensive player Myles Garrett would only bolster his production.
Cleveland Browns key player No. 4 to draft: Kyle Hamilton, FS, Notre Dame
Kyle Hamilton has been listed in the top 10 of many mock draft boards for months. Yes, the Browns have a veteran safety in John Johnson III in the back of the defense but if the Browns want to get better on defense next season taking a talented young player like Hamilton could be a great move.
It’s difficult to project a safety in many mock drafts because typically they don’t come off the board so early, but Hamilton’s 6’4 frame and his ability to play from one sideline to the other is extraordinary.
Think of a Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu- Koromoah, also from Notre Dame, add a few inches of height and that’s what you might have with Hamilton lined up behind the linebackers. The Browns defense needs to continue to get quicker and Hamilton would fit the bill.