THE BROWNS ARE BACK!!!! Last season was so much fun for me watching the Browns, and without a doubt the most memorable. This past season was their best ever since returning to the NFL in 1999. They won 11 games in the regular season and won a playoff game for the first time since 1994. But the defense for the second half of the season was exposed. It was Myles Garrett and everybody else. This draft, I decided to go defensive heavy to build the line and to also help sustain stability in case if starters get hurt.
ROUND 1, PICK #26: ED, Jayson Oweh, Penn State
- We are lacking in pass rushers, outside of the great Myles Garrett. Even though he did not register a sack in a shortened football season, this guy has the potential to register double digit sacks in the NFL level. At 6 foot 5” and at 250+ pounds, he can be explosive and will create a lot more pressure for opposing QBs to go along with Garrett. Plus, he can help out in making sure the line is intact and not creating holes.
ROUND 2, PICK #59: CB, Elijah Molden, Washington
- I picked this guy because it would fill another need for the Browns. Denzel Ward cannot make the plays all by himself and he needs help fast and in a hurry. The addition of Troy Hill from the Rams defense can help out in the CB room. Greedy Williams also returning from injury can be a big boost. Elijah Molden can be a huge reliability in the nickel slot, he’s very quick thinking, can be up in front of receivers for most of every play, and very patient when mirroring the release from the slot. I believe he can be a great fit to break up passes all over.
ROUND 3, PICK #89: DI, Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
- My original choice was Rashad Weaver, Edge rusher from Pittsburgh, but after going through a lot of simulations, teams are going after that guy and I can’t blame other teams for wanting him. Milton Williams is incredibly agile and athletic. Many people and websites showed that he scored a 9.98 out of 10 on the Relative Athletic Score (RAS). He had a breakout year with 59 total tackles, nine for a loss, and 5.5 sacks in 2019. Would make an immediate impact for any defensive line in the NFL.
ROUND 3, PICK #91: LB, Dylan Moses, Alabama
- Needs are essential for every NFL team. Linebackers are a must have for the Browns, especially if they want to help out Mack Wilson. Dylan Moses is indeed coming off a disappointing campaign, but he is without a doubt in my mind a very efficient player. Moses is well disciplined and always sticking to his assignments. He has great awareness and can always get involved wherever he is on the field. Nick Saban always makes sure that players are more efficient. He is without a doubt one of the most underrated players in this draft and will be a force to be reckoned with under Woods’ system.
ROUND 4, PICK #110: S, Jamar Johnson, Indiana
- Another need to fill, especially at safety. While the signing of John Johnson from the Rams is great, the loss of SS Karl Joseph is impactful. Jamar Johnson is that guy for Strong Safety. He is very versatile all over the field, can maintain eye balance and body control to stay within the field of play and would make QBs rush to judgement. He even intercepted Justin Fields twice and kept Indiana in the game vs. Ohio State back in late November. He would definitely be an immediate starter.
ROUND 4, PICK #132: ED, Jonathan Cooper, Ohio State
- Would not hurt to continue building for the future and building more edge room for this roster. Cooper can bend off the edge, very quick and can put more pressure. Might be a backup for now, but he has the qualifications you would want in an Edge. He can play with terrific pad level.
ROUND 5, PICK #169: WR, Josh Palmer, Tennessee
- OBJ and Jarvis Landry are both approaching their 30s in the NFL very soon. So I believe that getting a WR here would help. Josh Palmer ran a 4.51 on the 40-yard dash at the combine. With him learning from OBJ and Landry, plus working alongside with other receivers in Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins and KhaDarel Hodge, in no time he will be a reliable asset for the receiving corps.
ROUND 6, PICK #211: QB, Shane Buechele, SMU
- Him learning from Baker Mayfield along with Case Keenum will help Shane Buechele be a reliable person behind center. No, I am not advocating for Baker Mayfield to be benched or to replace him. This is just to add to the QB room. He will be a great leader and I believe that he will develop in Kevin Stefanski’s system. Good accuracy with him and very experienced in the collegiate ranks being a 4-year starter.
ROUND 7, PICK #257: DI, Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
- Again, it would not hurt to add more. Ta’Quon Graham will certainly help out. I believe he is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in this draft; incredibly athletic. Graham had never missed a game between 2019 and 2020. Availability and great conditioning with a lineman like Graham is a must have. 3-tech on a four man defensive front would be the best option. He still needs time to develop to the NFL level, but with a supporting cast in a solid organization with Kevin Stefanski and DC Joe Woods, he can be reliable.