The NFL Draft is upon us and I’m starting to get excited. Usually, the draft is a Browns fans’ Super Bowl, not this year. Over the last week, Browns GM Andrew Berry has started to fill the roster with veteran players, so he won’t have to draft for need, just talent. For my final mock draft, I’m going to assume the Browns will re-sign Jadeveon Clowney either before the draft or soon after. If the Browns sign another wide receiver, I’m thinking that decision will wait till after the draft. Andrew Berry doesn’t appear willing to trade back up into the first round; the Browns just don’t have the draft capital. However, I do think he’ll move around starting on day two if there’s a player the Browns really want. Two years ago in the second round, he traded down and selected Grant Delpit, last year he traded up and selected Jeremiah Owusu- Koramoah. Let’s go.
Pick Number 44. George Pickens, WR, Georgia. A big-play receiver with great hands. Good route runner who gets good separation. Excellent yards after the catch.
Pick Number 78. Nick Bonitto, Edge, Oklahoma. Excellent first step when rushing the passer. In the run game can set the edge and hold his ground. Great lateral movement and is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback.
Pick Number 99. Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA. Another big play target in the passing game. He has good hands and is a natural route runner. Has shown the ability to stretch the seam and run away from defenders.
Pick Number 118. Thomas Booker, IDL, Stanford. Can play multiple spots on the defensive line. He is an above-average run defender with an excellent first step. Has the quickness to make opposing offensive linemen miss. Great lateral movement.
Pick Number 202. Andrew Stueber, OT, Michigan. An old-school lineman who is best suited for a run-heavy team. Can play guard but is best suited for tackle. Can develop into a starter.
Pick Number 223. Mike Rose, LB Iowa State. A physical linebacker who attacks the gaps in the run game and has the football IQ to process routes in the passing game. Excels in a zone pass defense. In 2020 he had five interceptions.
Pick Number 246 Nick Grant, S, Virginia. Can play both safety positions and occasionally cover the slot. Has plenty of experience at special teams. Tough, physical player.
All these players have high football IQs. Pickens and Dulcich will immediately help the passing game. Bonitto and Booker will be rotational players with the promise to be future starters. Rose, Grant and Stuber will need some work but have the skillset to be contributors. I think my final mock draft covers all the bases, let me know what you think.