Browns 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Tuli Tuipulotu kicks off seven-round mock

USC Defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
USC Defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Dorian Williams of the Tulane Green Wave. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Round 4, Pick 126: Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane

The Browns were snake-bitten at linebacker in 2022 with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Anthony Walker, Jacob Phillips, and Sione Takitaki all on the IR by season’s end. Even if they were all healthy, there’s a need for more playmaking at the position, and they land that with Dorian Williams from Tulane.

Like JOK, he’s undersized at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, but never let that stop him from making a huge play. Williams showed off sideline-to-sideline speed throughout his career and broke out during his senior campaign with 132 tackles, five sacks, and two picks.

He proved he can hold his own in coverage while being a nightmare against the run due to his ability to see the play and get to the ball in a hurry. The one question is how his talent translates from the American Conference to the NFL but he’s more than worth the selection at this point.

Round 5, Pick 142: Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama

With their first of two picks in Round 5, the Browns head back to the offensive side of the ball — and again target an Alabama prospect in Tyler Steen from Alabama. Steen doesn’t fit the normal “guardrails” for Andrew Berry as a redshirt senior but they proved with Isaiah Thomas last season that they’re more relaxed on day three.

A former Alabama starter, Steen transferred to Alabama for one final season and proved to be a reliable blocker in the passing game and has plenty of athleticism. James Hudson didn’t do enough to win coaches over when he got a shot in 2022 and now has some competition to deal with.