The Browns have filled a need at wide receiver with the trade for Amari Cooper, and it opens up the possibilities for pick 13. However, it does not rule out a receiver there or at another high selection. The Browns have a lot of assets, having only given up a fifth-round pick and a swap of sixth-round picks for Cooper. There are still a lot of needs to fill for this Browns mock draft 1.0, and Cooper does limit them in terms of their ability to sign additional free agents, so the draft becomes even more important.
All testing numbers and measurements are courtesy of Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb on Twitter) and his website ras.football. Height and broad jump are in 4 digit format. The first number is in feet, followed by inches with the next two, and then the final number is eights. For example, a height of 5 foot 11 and 5/8 inches would be 5115. The draft was simulated using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.
Daniel Garrett’s Browns Mock Draft 1.0
13. Jermaine Johnson – EDGE – Florida State
Arm Length: 34″
40-Yard Dash: 4.58
The Browns mock draft 1.0 kicks off with a rising star. Jermaine Johnson has had a tremendous pre-draft process. After making a big leap with additional playing time after transferring from Georgia, Johnson had a great Senior Bowl and Combine. Johnson has a 9.87u RAS after his fantastic combine. He is a scheme fit and would be able to contribute immediately at a position of need.
Browns trade pick 44 to Philadelphia for 51 and 122
51. Travis Jones – iDL – UCONN
Arm Length: 34.25″
40-Yard Dash: 4.92
Short Shuttle: 4.58
Travis Jones is yet another freak athlete at a Browns position of need. Jones can be a difference-maker at 1-tech for the Browns, who lacked that last season. They expected to get that production from Andrew Billings, but he disappointed and was cut before the season even began. Jones is a riser in this draft class, and could end up going even higher than this. He has a 9.64u RAS and was highly productive.
Browns trade picks 78 and 200 to New England for pick 54
54. George Pickens – WR – Georgia
Arm Length: 32.375″
40-Yard Dash: 4.47
George Pickens was hurt for the majority of his final season and was able to get back for the end of the season. Pickens was a favorite to be wide receiver one prior to his injury and has that upside. He is an excellent deep threat and would be a good fit opposite of Amari Cooper. Pickens also can be an angry blocker at times and would be loved by the coaching staff for that.
98. Troy Andersen – LB – Montana State
Arm Length: 32.125″
40-Yard Dash: 4.42
Athletic Freak. That’s all you need to know. He has a 9.99u RAS. Andersen has the single-season rushing record at Montana State when he was playing quarterback there. He started his career off playing both ways at running back and at linebacker. Andersen then played a year at quarterback before moving back to linebacker. He has played both inside and outside linebacker and is both big enough and athletic enough to do either in the NFL. Andersen could be an extremely athletic MIKE linebacker for the Browns next to last year’s second-round pick Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
105. Wandale Robinson – WR – Kentucky
Arm Length: 27.625″
40-Yard Dash: 4.44
This is a need pick, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Robinson is not a good player. He is a solid slot option who can compete with Anthony Schwartz for reps there. Robinson did about average in the jumps, but still ran a 4.44 40-yard dash, so athleticism is not a concern.
116. Martin Emerson – CB – Mississippi State
Arm Length: 33.5″
40-Yard Dash: 4.53
Martin Emerson is a long corner with good developmental upside. He is easily a day two quality player who can be a long-term starter, but due to the depth of the position someone has to fall. In this case, it was Emerson. The selection was purely best player available, because it is rare to get a starter on day three — even if your depth there is already really good.
Browns trade pick 122 for picks 132 and 251
132. Thayer Munford – OG – Ohio State
Arm Length: 35.125″
40-Yard Dash: 5.39
No, the athletic testing is not good. But Munford was actually solid at guard this past season after kicking in from tackle. He has insane size, and he backs it up with great play strength. His balance and movement ability are both major liabilities, but playing him inside helps to alleviate some of those concerns. He has the potential to be a really good sixth offensive lineman, or perhaps even a low-end starter at guard.
220. Amare Barno – EDGE – Virginia Tech
Arm Length: 34″
40-Yard Dash: 4.36
Short Shuttle: 4.45
Amare Barno is a pure traits pick — but for an edge rusher that is what you look for on day three. Barno can sit behind Myles Garrett, Jeremaine Johnson, and whomever else they sign in free agency, while providing special teams value.
251. Verone McKinley III – Saf – Oregon
Arm Length: 30.625″
Verone McKinley III is an undersized safety who had outstanding ball production this past season. He is very undersized, but his testing numbers were solid. McKinley can be a rotation safety and contribute on special teams.
Overall, he probably will be stuck as a special teamer due to size and athleticism concerns, but there is a slight chance his ball skills translate. At 251, it might be worth the risk.
In the Browns Mock Draft 1.0, a substantial amount of needs were filled and players were selected at areas in which they were good values. The Browns would value all of these players, probably at a similar point in the draft. All in all, if the Browns were to end up with a similar haul, fans everywhere should be ecstatic.