2/4/19 Full Off-season Mock
Players Leaving: Tyrod Taylor (walks) Rod Streeter (walks) Earl Watford (walks) Carl Davis (walks) Juston Burris (walks) Phillip Gaines (walks) Jamie Collins (released) Lenny Jones (released) Blake Jackson (released) Ricardo Louis (released) Greg Joseph (released) Jermaine Whitehead (released) Kyle Kalis (released) Brian Price (released) E.J. Gaines (walks)
Breshad Perriman Greg Robinson Rashard Higgins Briean Boddy-Calhoun (2nd round tender) Ray-Ray Armstrong Orson Charles (original pick tender (4th))
Free Agent Signings:
Mike Davis, RB, Seahawks- Davis profiles as a nice backup for Nick Chubb. He played very well for the Seahawks last season, rushing for over 500 yards with 4 touchdowns and over 4.5 yards per carry. Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys- The Browns have an abundance of slot receivers, but the NFL is trending in that direction and it would be difficult for a team to cover Jarvis Landry and Cole Beasley at the same time. Freddie Kitchens would have a field day scheming these two open on underneath routes. Max Garcia, C/G, Broncos- Garcia can play any interior spot and would be a high end backup for the Browns. Frank Clark, DE, Seahawks- This is the big piece in free agency. The lack of a second option off the edge last year killed the Browns and it’s necessary that they address defensive end/edge rusher in general. Clark is young, productive and calls Cleveland his home. Shamar Stephen, DT, Seahawks- Stephen is nowhere near the level of player that Frank Clark is, but the Browns are painfully thin at defensive tackle. Poaching the Seahawks is never a bad thing. Stephen is relatively young and moderately productive. He’d find a nice role as a rotational piece here but he'd likely have to beat out Trevon Coley. Robbie Gould, K, 49ers- Gould spent the first half of his career in Chicago and was elite in a harsh environment. Cleveland and Chicago share a lot of parallels in terms of weather.
Trades: Emmanual Ogbah to the Arizona Cardinals for LB Haason Reddick- Ogbah still has upside, but with the addition of Clark and presence of Chad Thomas he becomes expendable. Reddick hasn’t played up to his first round expectations in Arizona, but a change of scenery may be what the doctor ordered. He would immediately push for starting snaps in a relatively weak linebacker room.
Round 1- Pick 17- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson, 6’4 310- Wilkins isn’t the most athletically gifted lineman in this draft, but if players like Rashan Gary or Ed Oliver played with his effort, they’d be the first pick in the draft. He’s tenacious and disruptive, a perfect fit next to Larry Ogunjobi and Myles Garrett. He plays the way you want a three-technique to play.
Round 2- Pick 49- Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina, 6’ 208- Samuel is my favorite receiver in this draft and I think he can be an elite outside or inside option. He’s got an injury history, but that’s his only real red flag and the only reason he’s available in the second round. Absolutely torched quality opponents while at South Carolina and his overall lack of elite production was due to the talent around him and South Carolina's scheme. Versatile, can play offense and special teams in multiple capacities. Great route runner with a solid route tree and has the speed to separate from anybody. Game changer with Baker Mayfield throwing to him.
Round 3- Pick 80- Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois, 6’6 320- Scharping is going to be the only offensive tackle I mock to the Browns after the first round. He’s as good as the majority of players being mocked ahead of him but his level of competition seems is held against him in the scouting community. He was ranked as a top five offensive tackle in 2018, according to PFF and was the top pass blocking tackle in the nation in 2017 with a 99.2 pass blocker rating out of 100. Scharping only gave up five total pressures in 2017 and should push Chris Hubbard for the starting right tackle job right away.
Round 3- Pick 95- (From New England) Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech, 6’1 240- If you don’t know Allen’s story, it’s a really good one. He was featured on ‘Last Chance U’ and the show really showcased how good this kid is on and off the field. His story is one of success, bitter failure and redemption. He’s very rangy and athletic but also has an eye for the ball and seems to be in on every single play. There’s a good chance he’s a special teams standout to start his career, but Christian Kirksey needs to be looking over his shoulder.
Round 4- Pick 17 (overall will be known after compensatory picks are assigned)- Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston, 6’3 205- Johnson is a freaky athlete that needs some development. He has the two things you can’t teach, elite size and speed for the position. His technique, specifically his feet, needs a lot of work. Doesn't have a lot of experience in zone coverage, which pushes him down my board considerably. The Browns got the most out of their corners last year and a player like Johnson could pay off in a year or two.
Round 5- Pick 6- (From Jacksonville) Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor, 6’4 230- The Browns double dip at receiver and give a lot of the players currently on the roster some competition. Hurd is a scary athlete, with a massive build and the speed to separate at any level. He’s got great hands, but remains a massive project due to his inexperience at receiver. His transition has gone well but his route running is bordering on atrocious.
Round 5- Pick 17- Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State, 6’ 195- McSorley is a perfect fit behind Baker Mayfield. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and shares a relatively similar skill-set to Mayfield, which makes him a viable backup option. He’s not an elite passer but he’s accurate enough to be a fill-in starter that should be about where he tops out as a professional.
Round 5- Pick 32- (From New England) Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State, 5’9 215- Weber would be brought in to push Mike Davis behind Nick Chubb. He’s very similar to Davis, which is a good and bad thing for his future prospects. Weber had a down year last year, but he’s shown enough over his career to warrant this pick. He’d likely be in a position battle with Dontrell Hilliard.
Round 6- Pick 17- Traded to Dallas Cowboys for CB Jourdan Lewis.
Round 7- Pick 17- Ty Summers, LB, TCU, 6’2 235- Summers is a former 2-star recruit that definitely outperformed his original expectations. He’s a nice, rangy player who excels in coverage. Could immediately contribute on passing downs and special teams.
***Other 7th round picks are undetermined, pending trades.
QB- 1. Baker Mayfield 2. Drew Stanton 3. Trace McSorley** RB- 1. Nick Chubb 2. Mike Davis* 3. Mike Weber** SUBRB- 1. Duke Johnson XWR- 1. Deebo Samuel** 2. Antonio Callaway YWR- 1. Jarvis Landry 2. Rashard Higgins 3. Jalen Hurd** SWR- 1. Cole Beasley* TE- 1. David Njoku 2. Darren Fells 3. Pharaoh Brown FB- 1. Orson Charles LT- 1. Greg Robinson 2. Desmond Harrison LG- 1. Joel Bitonio 2. Max Garcia* C- 1. J.C. Tretter 2. Austin Corbett RG- 1. Kevin Zeitler RT- 1. Max Scharping** 2. Chris Hubbard
WDE- 1. Myles Garrett 2. Anthony Zettel DT- 1. Larry Ogunjobi 2. Trevon Coley DT- 1. Christian Wilkins** 2. Chad Thomas SDE- 1. Frank Clark* 2. Chris Smith SAM- 1. Christian Kirksey 2. Dakota Allen** MIKE- 1. Joe Schobert 2. Haason Reddick* 3. Ty Summers** WILL- 1. Genard Avery 2. Ray-Ray Armstrong CB- 1. Denzel Ward 2. T.J. Carrie CB- 1. Terrance Mitchell 2. Isaiah Johnson** NCB- 1. Briean Boddy-Calhoun 2. Jourdan Lewis* FS- 1. Damarious Randall 2. Howard Wilson SS- 1. Jabrill Peppers 2. Derrick Kindred
K- 1. Robbie Gould* P- 1. Britton Colquitt KR- 1. Duke Johnson 2. Antonio Callaway PR- 1. Jabrill Peppers 2. Duke Johnson Gunner- 1. Ty Summers** LS- 1. Charley Hughlett
Players Released After Pre-Season:
Damion Ratley Tavierre Thomas Xavier Woodson-Luster D’Juan Harris Tanner Vallejo Dontrell Hilliard Seth DeValve Breshad Perriman Shamar Stephen Derrick Willies David Bright Kyle Friend Robert Jackson Ashton Lampkin Lenzy Pipkins Devante Mays Brad Seaton Daniel Williams Tigie Sankoh Devaroe Lawrence
Overview: I approached this in the way I hope John Dorsey does. The Browns need to add talent in a few specific areas and the only one I didn't really attack is cornerback. I think the team should give Carrie and Mitchell more time to see if they're able to live up to their contracts.
The additions of Mike Weber and Mike Davis will allow Duke Johnson to play more of a hybrid receiver/returner role that he seems born to play. This is a make or break year for Duke. Deebo Samuel isn't necessarily a prototypical number one receiver, but I think he's got the ability to do it. You can't teach his speed and route running ability. Cole Beasley is also sure to raise a few eyebrows, but he was horribly underutilized in Dallas and is one of the best pure slot receivers in the NFL when used correctly.
Frank Clark and Christian Wilkins are the big names here. They will be impact players from day one and should help the Browns ascend from an average defensive unit to an elite one. The front seven needs to be addressed and I went after some players I think would fit from a schematic and need perspective. Dakota Allen and Haason Reddick could be starters on day one or not even make the team, I think that's how wide open the linebacker room is with these additions.
As always, let me know what you think. I appreciate any and all feedback.