Ah, it’s that time of the year again! The leaves are falling, the weather is cooling and our Browns are 0-6! The Browns performance has many fans, including myself, already looking forward to the offseason. Why is this offseason important and more exciting than ever? Because our unproven, failure of a front office has gifted themselves FIVE picks in the first two rounds to most likely screw up! Why do we need Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Malik Hooker, or (insert any other promising rookie), when you can have FIVE picks! Honestly, this is painful to write about, but why not have some hope for next year’s draft? (Suggestion: Do NOT have hope for next year’s draft, because the Browns will probably not select the player you want.)
QB Sam Darnold (USC)
6’4/ 220 lbs.
Yes, the Browns are getting the number one overall pick (barring a miracle turnaround from QB DeShone Kizer and company). Kizer looks lost out there and has shown many of the flaws he had in South Bend. It’s not completely his fault that the offense looks the most incompetent in years, but he contributes a lot to it. Of course, mismanagement from Hue Jackson and practice squad quality receivers won’t help, but I have not seen enough to say that Kizer even COULD be the guy.
Enter Samuel Darnold from warm, sunny Southern California. When you look up ‘prototype quarterback’ in the dictionary, there’s just a picture of Sam Darnold. He has a great arm, solid amount of improvisational skills, and a great head on his shoulders. Darnold stole many Browns fans’ hearts with his Rose Bowl performance against Penn State and gets rewarded by being selected by Cleveland. What a prize for Darnold, right? What could go wrong with this pick; don’t all USC quarterbacks turn out to be superstars?
2nd First Round Pick (via Houston)
CB Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State)
6’1/ 200 lbs.
This pick is projected to be a mid-first rounder (Houston is 3-3 at this point), so expect this pick to be traded for MORE future picks! I can’t project a trade down, nor would I want to because it be frustrating to think about, so the Browns address cornerback with this pick. The Browns secondary has had good, bad, very bad, and unwatchable moments so far this year. Are you sick of seeing Jamar Taylor being burnt by receivers week in and week out? Me too! Jason Mccourty has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league this year, but he needs a running mate out there.
Insert McFadden from FSU. McFadden will have an amazing combine based on his tape so far, and that will greatly help his stock. If he can fall to the mid first round, they should select him in a heartbeat. McFadden is a large corner who does exceptionally well in man coverage, something perfect for Gregg Williams (if he stays beyond this year, of course). Also, Florida State has produced several young, successful corners in the past few years (P.J. Williams from New Orleans, and Jalen Ramsey from Jacksonville to name a couple). This pick would be too obvious for the Browns front office to make, so don’t expect it to happen.
2nd Round Picks (Ours and Houston’s via the Osweiler trade)
WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame)
6’5/ 205 lbs.
WR Anthony Miler (Memphis)
5’11/ 195 lbs.
I group these picks together because of the desperate need of wide receivers. The Browns have a big problem when it comes to the receivers and that is CATCHING THE BALL. Kenny Britt belongs in the CFL, Corey Coleman can’t stay on the field because of injuries, the mix of Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins, Sammie Coates, and Kasen Williams don’t belong on most NFL rosters, and Josh Gordon, wait, does anyone know what Josh Gordon is doing? Point is, the Browns need guys who can help out the quarterback, whoever it is.
St. Brown and Miller are completely different players, but provide valuable skill sets. St. Brown stretches the field will his long frame. He has great route running, which some compare to Cincinnati’s AJ Green. Miller is a smaller receiver but has shown record production with Memphis. Miller has been one of the hottest names in the scouting community, and don’t be surprised if he gets first round considerations come April.
The last time the Browns selected two wide receivers in the second round? They selected the amazing duo of Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.
2nd Round Pick (via Philadelphia)
OT Jamarco Jones (Ohio State)
6’5/ 315 lbs.
Joe Thomas may call it quits after this year (I certainly would with the way this team is ‘performing’), and Shon Coleman looks like he could be on pace for the most penalties in NFL history. The Browns desperately need help with the tackle position.
Jones has been a great pass blocking tackle for the Buckeyes this year, and has helped keep JT Barrett upright. Let’s hope he can do the same for *insert quarterback here*.
To me, this is an ideal draft that would bring impact players who will perform from day one. Skill positions were a main focal point and for obvious reasons. The rest of the picks could be used on any other position of need and to add depth. Now do I expect the front office to make these picks? No. Should we expect trade downs and head-scratching, analytically driven selections? Of course. But if the Browns want to improve, maybe they should take a few pointers from this mock.