Browns add explosive EDGE in post-combine 2023 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 4, Pick 126: Payne Durham, TE, Purdue

This class is absolutely stacked at tight end. Players such as Dalton Kincaid, Michael Mayer, and Darnell Washington should all go in the first round. There's also Tyler Kroft and Sam LaPorta who won't be far behind them.

For the Browns, this could be a good thing. Teams with need at the position might find their guy quickly while some players slip into the mid-rounds that shouldn't. Payne Durham is one such player.

A product of Purdue, Durham does just about everything right. Known more for his skill as a run blocker, Durham can also make plays in the passing game.

Cleveland isn't trying to bring anyone in to challenge David Njoku but they know Harrison Bryant is in the final year of his rookie deal. Bryant took a step back in 2022 and having Durham could push him now, while protecting the Browns going forward.

Round 5, Pick 142: Quindell Johnson, S, Memphis

It's hard to find single-high safeties anymore but that's exactly what Quindell Johnson from Memphis is. He's a playmaker who had four picks and five pass defenses in his final season with the Tigers. However, he's also shown he can be overly aggressive at times and struggles to fight through blocks.

Even so, he's got the raw talent to be the centerfielder Cleveland is missing. Of course, if they wait this long to address the position, it means they have someone they like in free agency — which seems to be the plan.