Browns mock draft: Defensive tackle answer found in Round 2

Browns mock draft, Calijah Kancey. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Browns mock draft, Roschon Johnson. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Round 6: Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas

There are rumors that Kareem Hunt will be traded before the Nov. 1 deadline and if so, the Browns will then turn to D’Ernest Johnson as the primary backup to Nick Chubb. However, Johnson is a free agent in 2023 and with no guarantee that he’s going to come back, they could look to the draft for a replacement.

That’s what happens here as they take Roschon Johnson from Texas. Johnson would become the No. 3 back with Jerome Ford stepping up in the rotation. While with the Longhorns, Johnson has been overshadowed by Bijan Robinson but has made the most of his chances. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound back has 2,003 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career with a 5.6-yard per carry average. He’s also a nightmare to try and tackle due to his size.

With Chubb as the primary back and the explosive Ford behind him, Johnson would offer an intriguing third option capable of serving as a power back while also offering solid receiving skills.

Round 7: Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati

With their final pick, the Browns stick with offense as they bring in Josh Whyle from Cincinnati. A 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end, Whyle had two seasons in a row with more than 300 yards and six touchdowns. So far in 2022, he has 19 receptions for 192 yards and two scores.

Cleveland has their top two positions figured out here with David Njoku and Harrison Bryant, but adding Whyle gives them another option — which isn’t a bad idea as we see how quickly the depth gets thin with one player injured at tight end right now.