This week’s mock draft feature’s two of our writers going head to head in a full seven round Browns mock. Take a look at the picks and let us know which scenario you like better.
Rod: 1.1 Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M: There is likely a card sitting on Sashi’s desk right now that has Garrett’s name on it. He’s just waiting until April to turn it in.
Christian: 1.1 Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M: Like him for his Cowboys comments or not, Myles Garrett is probably the best player in this whole draft. After his monster combine, the Browns would be crazy not to pick Garrett here.
Rod: 1.12 Mitchell Trubisky, QB UNC: Ultimately, the strength of the defensive players in this draft and the lack of clear-cut franchise quarterbacks will cause either Watson or Trubisky to fall to 12. It will be difficult for the Browns to pass on Trubisky here, especially if the defensive players they had rated the highest are gone. The Browns will likely go D here if their guy is gone.
Christian: 1.6 *VIA TRADE* Mitchell Trubisky, QB UNC: This one is a trade scenario that became widely possible due to the Brock Osweiler deal. The trade has the Jets trading their sixth pick for Cleveland’s 12th, 33rd and Brock Osweiler. Trubisky seems like the best quarterback in this draft and if the Browns picked him fans should definitely be excited.
Rod: 2.1 Quincy Wilson, CB FLA: Once the Browns get their QB, they will turn to defense, adding as many impact players and starters as possible. Quincy Wilson can start day one if called upon to do so.
Rod: 2.20 Carlos Watkins, DT Clemson: There is more homework to do on Watkins as he appears to fatigue easily in games, yet the burst and relentlessness we saw from him last season may be more important. If the Browns like him as a part of a rotation at DT opposite of Danny Shelton, I would see this as a solid pick.
Christian: 2.20 Tre’Davious White, CB LSU: Here’s the deal. The Browns have got to figure out their secondary situation. Hopefully, they can improve through free agency even more, but searching through the draft could help as well. If they don’t trade up and grab Trubisky, expect the Browns to go corner at 12, but there are plenty of defensive backs in this draft with talent.
Rod: 3.1 Chidobe Awuzie, CB Colorado: The depth at corner in this draft will be too tempting to pass up. The Browns add their second corner of the draft and stabilize the position for years to come. Awuzie might need more time than Wilson, but his quickness and fluidity make him an easy pick here.
Christian: 3.1 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, USC: The Browns just got a big playmaker in Kenny Brit, so getting a good position guy in the third round would defiantly help whoever is behind center. JuJu is a big guy, who catches the ball for keeps. The Browns would get a decent receiver here.
Rod: 4.1 Rayshawn Jenkins, FS Miami, FL: A punishing FS, Jenkins has the necessary size and speed to play in the NFL. He has the right mentality to patrol the field and make the big hit.
Christian: 4.1 Joe Mixon, RB Oklahoma: This would be a very controversial pick, but a damn good one. Whether or not Isaiah Crowell stays, having running backs helps, and three good ones would not hurt (just ask the Patriots *James White I’m looking at you!*
Rod: 5.1 Erik Magnuson, OT Michigan: The Browns may have their future RT on their roster in Shon Coleman or Cam Erving, but there is always the need for competition and depth. Magnuson also played OG at Michigan. That experience would make him at attractive choice here.
Christian: 5.1 Dion Dawkins, OT Temple: While the team got some help through free agency, adding more pieces to their offensive line couldn’t hurt. Dawkins had a wonderful senior year, and the only reason I have him dropping so far is the amount of defensive depth in this draft.
Rod: 5.31 Noah Brown, WR Ohio State: It’s widely felt that Brown came out too early. He would need some time to develop, but his large frame and play-making ability make him attractive late in this draft. The Browns could use another target.
Christian: 5.31 Duke Riley, ILB LSU: As a junior, Riley didn’t even start. However, he had a semi-breakout season with the LSU Tigers totaling 93 tackles.
Rod: 5.37 TJ Logan, RB NC: The Browns don’t really need a back, but the speed we saw from Logan at the combine makes him an intriguing option late in the draft. He has decent size, but would be thought of as a dynamic option for Hue to utilize.
Christian: 5.37 Zane Gonzalez, K Arizona State: The Browns need Phil Dawson 2.0, especially in an AFC North where field goals literally can be the deciding factor between wins or losses almost every single week. Zane is a good kicker and one of the most accurate in college football (23-25 last season, hitting 6-9 from 50+ in his career).
Rod: 6.1 Charles Walker, DT Oklahoma: Walker has the bulk to play at the three like Watkins. The Browns may well draft a couple of guys to vie for the rotation.
Christian: 6.1 Riley Sorenson, C Washington State: With JC Tretter’s history of injuries, a little insurance is a good idea.
Rod: 6.4 Jadar Johnson, SS Clemson: Another safety would be a good call late in the draft. Johnson has the look of an NFL safety with good size and speed. He needs to develop in his tackling and run support.
Christian: 6.4 Kyle Kalis, G Michigan: A late round guard never hurt anybody, Kalis has a higher round grade in most mocks, but as I said before the defensive landscape of this draft is so vast that offensive lineman could drop.