Browns 2023 draft: Early 7-round mock aids new defensive coordinator

Mike Morris the Michigan Wolverines. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Round 6, Pick 171: McClendon Curtis, OL, Chattanooga

Once you get into the final rounds, it’s all about finding traits to work with. That’s why Chattanooga offensive lineman McClendon Curtis is the selection in Round 6.

Curtis is long and powerful and has experience at guard and tackle. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 328-pounds, he looks the part of an NFL tackle but there are concerns about his athleticism and ability to move his feet on the outside well enough to succeed in the NFL.

What he does have is the competitive nature to succeed. He plays through the whistle and as long as the coaching staff takes the time to develop his skills, he could wind up being a quality reserve.

Round 7, Pick 209: Theo Johnson, TE, Penn State

With Austin Hooper out, David Njoku officially became the No. 1 tight end for Cleveland and Harrison Bryant moved into the No. 2 role. The third-year pro was a bit of a letdown as he had a career-high with 31 receptions but had career lows in yards per catch (7.7) and touchdowns (1).

He enters his final season under contract and will be pushed by rookie Theo Johnson who gets added with the final pick in this mock.

Johnson had 43 receptions for 597 yards with five touchdowns in his three seasons. Johnson hasn’t made up his mind about turning pro just yet and if he does, he could be a late-round pick.