Browns Day Two Recap

The Cleveland Browns came into Day 2 with three selections on the day. They made a trade while still selecting three players and adding two additional Day 3 assets. Cleveland came in without a lot of major holes to fill, and selected players to fill two of their top three needs.

To see how this compares to our various mock draft scenarios, read our Browns Mock Draft 3.0. For information regarding some other players the Browns may have considered, as well as one they selected, see our Browns Day Two Fits. With that being said, let’s get into the 2022 Browns day two recap.

Trade

The Cleveland Browns traded pick 44 to the Houston Texans for picks 68, 108, and 124. The Jimmy Johnson trade chart is the most commonly used trade chart. The Rich Hill trade value chart is fairly similar and also commonly used. The Fitzgerald-Spielberger trade chart is much more similar to how an analytically inclined team such as the Browns would use it.

The differential is quite obvious, with the Texans winning the equivalent of the 105th pick in the Jimmy Johnson chart and the Browns winning the equivalent of the 56th overall selection according to the Fitzgerald-Spielberger trade chart. While the trade moved the Browns past a lot of top targets, they did pick up a lot of additional value.

Trade Grade: B-

Pick 68: Martin Emerson, DB, Mississippi State

Martin Emerson RAS Card Browns Day Two Recap
Martin Emerson RAS Card courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

The Cleveland Browns selected Martin Emerson from Mississippi State at 68 overall. With that selection, the Browns passed on an extremely talented defensive tackle in Travis Jones, whom the Ravens selected at pick 75. The Browns also traded out of range to select great talents like Drake Jackson, David Ojabo, George Pickens, John Metchie III, and Skyy Moore at positions of need.

However, Emerson himself is a very talented player. He was the eighth-best cornerback on my personal board. Emerson may also provide safety versatility, which is important for the Browns. He is an average athlete speed-wise, but possesses great size and length for the position as well as good lateral mobility. Emerson struggles in man-to-man coverage. His best traits are his zone instincts, which is why he may be a solid safety.

Pick Grade: B+

Pick 78: Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB

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Cleveland needed an edge rusher badly, even if they end up re-signing Jadeveon Clowney, which seems likely. Alex Wright is a high-upside edge rusher who can come in and be a quality third edge. While Wright lacks tape against high-level competition, he was extremely productive and showed good traits on film.

Analytical teams are sure to love Wright, and it’s understandable why they made the selection. While it was a bit of a reach for me relative to where I thought he would go (had him pegged for the 99th selection), the value itself is not bad. Other players in consideration at edge rusher at this pick were Cameron Thomas and Kingsley Enagbare, both of which are in the same tier as Wright. Wright definitely has more upside than those two, which is most likely why the Browns selected him.

Pick Grade: B

Pick 99: David Bell, WR, Purdue

David Bell is an extremely productive receiver who has been a good player since he entered college for Purdue. Bell is physical and technically refined. However, he’s a below-average athlete at a position filled with freak athletes. The fans are sure to be excited for his arrival, as Ohio State receiver’s coach Brian Hartline tweeted his support of going up to get him prior to the Browns’ selection of Bell.

He is going to come in and be an immediate contributor to their wide receiver room. While he was not my personal top receiver on the board (that honor is still held by Kyle Philips) he is in a similar range.

David Bell RAS Card courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

From an analytics perspective, David Bell is an absolute steal at this slot. Bell’s run-blocking grade from PFF has improved every season. Bell’s comparisons from an analytical perspective are very favorable. PFF’s Kevin Cole wrote a comparison piece on Bell that compared him favorably to top NFL wide receivers like Keenan Allen and Jarvis Landry.

David Bell comparison chart from PFF's Kevin Cole Browns Day Two Recap
David Bell Matching Features Comparison by Kevin Cole of PFF
Pick Grade: B-

Browns Day Two Recap

The Browns made three selections all of which were favorable values. They passed on a lot of very good players, but the picks were still solid. The Browns filled a majority of their needs, now only really needing an additional defensive tackle as well as depth pieces. Overall, it was a good but not great draft day for the Browns.

Browns Day Two Grade: B

Browns 2022 Mock Draft 3.0

Browns 2022 Mock Draft 3.o Setup

In our final installment of the Browns 2022 Mock Draft series, we take a look at four different scenarios using three different mock draft simulators. The first three mock drafts, we see different scenarios in which we trade very little. In the last mock draft, we see an aggressive approach in which they only select five players.

Each scenario, I selected one of the three main positions of need in the second round. If a player is selected multiple times, the first time will be the only write up provided. The previous Browns Mock Drafts are available here: Mock Draft 1.0, Mock Draft 2.0 With that being said, let’s get into our Browns 2022 Mock Draft 3.0. All RAS cards come courtesy of Kent Lee Platte and ras.football.

PFF Mock Draft

44. Drake Jackson, Edge, USC
Drake Jackson RAS Card

USC’s Drake Jackson is an athletic edge rusher who still needs development, but can grow as a rotational edge rusher for the Browns opposite Myles Garrett. He fits their athleticism and age requirements.

78. Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
Kyle Philips RAS Card

UCLA’s Kyle Philips is a technician in the slot who can be a plug-and-play starter with Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones on the outside.

99. Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada

Wide receiver Romeo Doubs provides the Browns a solid fourth option who can rotate in and provide another downfield threat behind Peoples-Jones.

118. Cade Otton, TE, Washington
Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Browns Select TE Cade Otton

The Browns released Austin Hooper to help free cap space, and Cade Otton can come in and fill his role immediately, but with additional run-after-catch upside.

202. Curtis Brooks, iDL, Cincinnati
Curtis Brooks RAS Card

Cincinnati’s Curtis Brooks fits the Browns athleticism requirements along a position of need.

223. Brad Hawkins, Saf, Michigan
Brad Hawkins RAS Card

Michigan’s Brad Hawkins was opposite Daxton Hill, but flashed at times himself. Hawkins is a solid athlete as well and can contribute on special teams.

246. Nephi Sewell, LB, Utah
Nephi Sewell RAS Card

The eldest Sewell brother, Nephi Sewell can come in and compete to make the roster as a special teams contributor.

The Draft Network Mock Draft

44. George Pickens, WR, Georgia
George Pickens RAS Card

Georgia’s George Pickens can come in and immediately add to the vertical passing game for the Browns. While his skill set overlaps with Donovan Peoples-Jones, he has much more upside than him.

78. Sam Williams, Edge, Ole Miss
Sam Williams RAS Card

Edge rusher Sam Williams provides edge help for the Browns opposite of Myles Garrett. He is very athletic, and has great play strength, but could be off of their board due to his previous off-field issues.

99. Cade Otton, TE, Washington
Trade:

The New York Jets trade pick 111 to the Cleveland Browns for picks 118 and 246.

111. Thomas Booker, iDL, Stanford
Thomas Booker RAS Card

Defensive tackle Thomas Booker is a project along the interior of the defensive line. His athleticism makes him a target for the Browns, and there aren’t a lot of options at defensive tackle.

202. Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson
Mario Goodrich RAS Card

Clemson cornerback Mario Goodrich is only an average athlete, but he has flashed potential to be a third corner for a team, which would be great value here.

223. Verone McKinley III, Saf, Oregon
Verone McKinley RAS Card

Safety Verone McKinley has incredible ball production, but he is a bad athlete and his tape is not good. However, ball skills have a tendency to translate, and a pick this late is a throwaway selection.

NFL Mock Draft Database Mock Draft

44. Travis Jones, iDL, UCONN
Travis Jones RAS Card

The Browns get an experienced one-technique who is extremely athletic and physical. Travis Jones will be an immediate starter who would be their best player on the interior. He combines fantastic strength with incredible fluidity.

78. Josh Paschal, Edge, Kentucky
Josh Paschal RAS Card Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Josh Paschal RAS Card

Kentucky’s Josh Paschal is a strong defensive end who can kick inside if necessary on passing downs. The Browns tend to value that versatility, and he has the athletic upside to be a high-end starter.

99. Bryan Cook, Saf, Cincinnati

Ronnie Harrison is under contract for one more season with the Browns, and they will need a long-term replacement. Bryan Cook can come in and compete with last year’s fifth round selection Richard LeCounte for the fourth safety position.

Trade:

The Cleveland Browns trade pick 118 to the Chicago Bears for picks 148 and 150.

148. Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
150. Thomas Booker, iDL, Stanford
202. Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland
Chig Okonkwo RAS Card Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Chigoziem Okonkwo RAS Card

Chigoziem “Chig” Okonkwo is a versatile move tight end who can play a variety of roles. He is a great value here, and could be in play at 118.

223. Matt Araiza, P, San Diego State
Matt Araiza RAS Card Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Matt Araiza RAS Card

Top punter prospect Matt Araiza is extremely exciting, but the Browns have a solid punter on the roster. However, Araiza has a huge leg and can punt it up to 80 yards.

246. Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa
Isaiah Weston RAS Card Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Isaiah Weston RAS Card

The Browns already have a highly athletic receiver who can help provide a deep threat, but Isaiah Weston can be brought in as a developmental option.

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Trade:

The Indianapolis Colts trade pick 42 to the Cleveland Browns for picks 44 and 246.

42. David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
David Ojabo RAS Card Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft
David Ojabo RAS Card

David Ojabo falling was too good an opportunity to pass up, so the Browns traded up in front of an edge rusher-needy Falcons team. Only giving up a 7th round pick was good value. Ojabo is a high-upside prospect who would’ve gone in the top half of the first round prior to his Achilles tear. He is a very flexible edge rusher with a high pass rushing upside. This is my favorite selection in my Browns 2022 NFL Mock Draft 3.0.

78. Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
Alec Pierce RAS Card Browns 2022 Mock Draft 3.0
Alec Pierce RAS Card

Alec Pierce is a high-upside X receiver who can play behind Donovan Peoples-Jones early on and eventually earn the starting role.

99. Bryan Cook, Saf, Cincinnati
118. Cade Otton, TE, Washington
Trade:

The Chicago Bears trade pick 150 to the Cleveland Browns for picks 202 and 223.

150. Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA

2022 Browns Mock Draft 2.0

In my first 2022 Browns mock draft post-Watson trade, the Browns try to fill most of their remaining needs after the second week of free agency. We take a look at version 2.0 of the Browns mock draft.

2022 Browns Mock Draft 2.0

50. Travis Jones, 6’4″, 325lbs, DT, UCONN

Trade: Browns Trade Picks 44, 78, and 202 To Kansas City For 50 and 62

Travis Jones is a freak athlete at defensive tackle. His testing wasn’t talked about because of both Georgia defensive tackles, Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt, but Jones ran a 4.92 40-yard dash at 325lbs, and had very good agility and explosion testing as well. He had a 9.39 RAS, and sports 34.25″ arms.

Jones is technically refined, and is fantastic against the run. He provides some value as a pass rusher as well, and fills one of the Browns biggest positions of needs while being a good value at this selection.

Travis Jones RAS Card 2022 Browns Mock Draft
Travis Jones RAS card, courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

60. Drake Jackson, 6’5″, 254lbs, EDGE, USC,

Trade: Browns Trade Picks 62 and 118 To Tampa Bay for Picks 60, 133, and 248

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The Browns had to trade back up to get Drake Jackson, as there was a run on the third tier of edge rushers in the 50’s. Trading up two picks to guarantee the last of the edge rushers may seem non-sensical, but there is a huge drop-off after Jackson. You’re looking at players like Josh Paschal, Sam Williams, and Myjai Sanders.

Jackson is still an extremely young player, and has been asked to play at a variety of weights due to changes in need while at USC. He is a great athlete, with elite explosiveness and above average agility, as well as having 34″ arms. Jackson posted a 9.83u RAS. He can develop into a great edge rusher, but will need time.

Drake Jackson RAS Card 2022 Browns Mock Draft
Drake Jackson RAS Card, courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

99. Jeremy Ruckert, 6’5″, 252lbs, TE, Ohio State,

Jeremy Ruckert was underutilized while at Ohio State, but has the size, skill, and athleticism to be a good tight end. His pass catching ability is near the top for this draft class. He is a good blocker as well. Ruckert can align at a variety of spots, and will be asked to do so in a tight end room that just lost Austin Hooper. Ruckert did not test outside of bench press, but he most likely would have tested fairly well.

133. Kyle Philips, 5’11”, 189lbs, WR, UCLA

Kyle Philips is a plug-and-play slot receiver who the Browns will love. He’s a willing blocker and a good route runner. He can fill in a lot of what Jarvis Landry has provided — while being significantly cheaper. Philips is a good athlete as well. He had an 8.28 RAS. His agility testing was elite, and he had good jumps. Philips had an average 40-yard dash at just 4.58, but his splits were very good, which is more indicative of success with short area burst.

Kyle Philips RAS Card
Kyle Philips RAS card, courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

223. Yusuf Corker, 6’0″, 203lbs, Saf, Kentucky

Yusuf Corker does not fit the age requirements that the Browns have followed under Berry. He didn’t test, but he is by no means a freak athlete. However, this is simply a scenario that a player at a position of need is available much later than expected. I’d be surprised if Corker isn’t a 4th or a 5th round pick, and so getting him here is purely a value selection.

246. Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, 6’2″, 270lbs, DT, Notre Dame

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa moved from playing on the interior of the defensive line in previous years to playing 5-Tech for the Fighting Irish. Tagovailoa-Amosa projects much more favorably at 3-tech than he does at 5. He is a below average athlete for a true defensive end, and lacks the bend necessary to be a productive player there full time. However, he provides the versatility to do so if you need someone in for run support, and can also kick inside.

Tagovailoa-Amosa will need to put the weight that he lost for the past season back on to move back inside. However, as a defensive tackle, despite lacking the traditional size, he still scored an 8.49u RAS. He had an elite 40-yard dash, broad jump, and 3-cone (unofficial time) and had a good vertical jump and short shuttle (unofficial time), as well. The main thing pulling down his RAS is his size.

Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa RAS Card 2022 Browns Mock Draft
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa RAS card, courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

248. Nephi Sewell, 5’11”, 226lbs, LB, Utah

The Browns currently don’t have a lot of needs to fill in this draft. With the trade of Mack Wilson, it frees up the opportunity for another linebacker to compete for a roster spot. This draft pick is not a guarantee to make the roster, but Nephi Sewell is a solid bet to make.

Sewell is undersized, but has good movement skills and has a good pedigree with a brother already in the NFL and another soon on the way. Sewell posted a 6.97 RAS, despite having very bad size scores. The length could be an issue at linebacker, but I would expect Sewell to be a great special teams player, which could let him stick in the NFL.

Nephi Sewell RAS card, courtesy of Kent Lee Platte at ras.football

Be sure to check out the first version of the Browns mock draft on atbnetwork.com.

Browns Mock Draft 1.0

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

HT: 6045
WT: 254
Arm Length: 34″
40-Yard Dash: 4.58
Vertical: 32″
Broad: 1005

Photo Credit: Vasha Hunt, USA Today Sports

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.

Trade

Browns trade pick 44 to Philadelphia for 51 and 122

51. Travis Jones – iDL – UCONN

Travis Jones Browns Mock Draft
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HT: 6043
WT: 325
Arm Length: 34.25″
40-Yard Dash: 4.92
Vertical: 28.5″
Broad: 902
3-Cone: 7.33
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.

Trade:

Browns trade picks 78 and 200 to New England for pick 54

54. George Pickens – WR – Georgia

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HT: 6032
WT: 195
Arm Length: 32.375″
40-Yard Dash: 4.47
Vertical: 33″
Broad: 1005

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

HT: 6034
WT: 243
Arm Length: 32.125″
40-Yard Dash: 4.42
Vertical: 36″
Broad: 1008

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

HT: 5080
WT: 178
Arm Length: 27.625″
40-Yard Dash: 4.44
Vertical: 34.5″
Broad: 910

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

HT: 6010
WT: 201
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.

Trade:

Browns trade pick 122 for picks 132 and 251

132. Thayer Munford – OG – Ohio State

HT: 6056
WT: 328
Arm Length: 35.125″
40-Yard Dash: 5.39
Vertical: 22″
Broad: 808

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

HT: 6045
WT: 246
Arm Length: 34″
40-Yard Dash: 4.36
Vertical: 37″
Broad: 1011
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

HT: 5100
WT: 198
Arm Length: 30.625″
Vertical: 35″
Broad: 1000

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.

Browns’ 2022 Senior Bowl Targets

Daniel Garrett looks at Senior Bowl players and who might be a fit for the Cleveland Browns for the upcoming 2022 NFL draft!

The Browns are a tricky organization to project Senior Bowl players to due to the current front office’s apparent age policies. While no player is off the board due to age entirely, they will lean much more towards younger players. For example, a player in the Senior Bowl like Bernhard Raimann (who is 24 years old) would be significantly lower on the Browns’ board, more or less eliminating him for selection. The Browns will still have Senior Bowl targets this year, as long as the value is worth it.

Last year, the Browns selected two Senior Bowl players. They were offensive tackle James Hudson in the 4th round and running back Demetric Felton in the 6th round. Hudson struggled a lot in his first season, but Felton played decently well in limited opportunities. He contributed on special teams as well as occasional snaps on offense both in the slot and at running back. The Browns have a good amount of needs to fill in the draft, and a lot of picks to work with, so don’t be surprised if one of the players from the Senior Bowl is selected by them.

Browns Senior Bowl Targets

Dameon Pierce Florida Gators
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 28: Dameon Pierce #27 of the Florida Gators scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Towson Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Running Backs

The Browns may need another running back to fill in the role of D’Ernest Johnson as a third running back, with Demetric Felton still being used as a hybrid player. If they select a running back, it will almost certainly be on day three of the NFL draft.

Dameon Pierce: Florida, 5090, 220lbs
Brian Robinson Jr: Alabama, 6015, 226lbs
Jerome Ford: Cincinnati, 5106, 209lbs

Dameon Pierce has been the most impressive back at the Senior Bowl during the practices. However, his performance may mean he goes before the Browns would be willing to target a running back. Robinson had a solid career and can be a good third running back. Jerome Ford did really well at Cincinnati after transferring from Alabama, and could also be a quality third back. Ford and Robinson are more likely targets, as they will go much later in the draft.

Wide Receivers

Christian Watson Senior Bowl Target
MOBILE, AL – FEBRUARY 02: National wide receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State (1) during the Reese’s Senior Bowl practice session on February 2, 2002 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Browns desperately need multiple wide receivers. Jarvis Landry will most likely be gone, and that leaves the Browns in need of three receivers. Free agency is a possible avenue to add a player, but they will need one, if not two, receivers. I would expect a receiver to be taken early, as well as one on day three.

Christian Watson: North Dakota State, 6040, 211lbs
Alec Pierce: Cincinnati, 6026, 208lbs
Romeo Doubs: Nevada, 6017, 204lbs
Khalil Shakir: Boise State, 6000, 193lbs
Jalen Tolbert: South Alabama, 6012, 195lbs

Christian Watson has been the most impressive player at the Senior Bowl practices. Alec Pierce provides a traditional X receiver. Jalen Tolbert is a deep threat that disappointed in terms of measurements, with belief pre-Senior Bowl that he could be 6’4″. Doubs has been fantastic in his time with Carson Strong. Shakir is a player with a lot of versatility, earning himself the nickname “Swiss” after the swiss army knife.

Offensive Tackles

Max Mitchell Senior Bowl Target
NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 31: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns offensive lineman Max Mitchell (74) lines up for a play during a game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 31, 2019. (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Browns may need to draft an offensive tackle given that Jack Conklin will be out for a while. If they do so, they can look for one of these day two tackles, one of which may fall. The Browns have had great development from late round picks, so if they draft a player on day two or day three they have a solid chance at success. The only internal competition will be James Hudson.

Trevor Penning: Northern Iowa, 6066, 330lbs
Max Mitchell: Louisiana, 6056, 299lbs
Bernhard Raimann: Central Michigan, 6061, 304lbs
Abraham Lucas: Washington State, 6061, 322lbs
Daniel Faalele: Minnesota, 6081, 387lbs

Raimann is the least likely selection due to his age. Mitchell is extremely undersized and needs experience against higher-level competition. Penning was a solid tackle at Northern Iowa. Abraham Lucas has played in multiple systems and has a lot of experience as a pass blocker. Faalele is a massive human being with decent movement skills. All would be solid players to fill in for Conklin if the Browns are not comfortable with James Hudson and his development.

Defensive Tackles

Perrion Winfrey Senior Bowl Target
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 27: Running back Jaylen Warren #7 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs the clock against defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey #8 of the Oklahoma Sooners late in the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys won ‘Bedlam’ 37-33. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Browns Senior Bowl targets are going to significantly focus on the defensive line. They need a lot of help on the interior of the defensive line. Tommy Togiai was selected in the fourth round of last years draft, and Jordan Elliott was selected the year before. Other than that, there are no other defensive tackles on the Browns’ roster for next season.

Phidarian Mathis: Alabama, 6037, 313lbs
Perrion Winfrey: Oklahoma, 6036, 303lbs
Devonte Wyatt: Georgia, 6026, 307lbs
Travis Jones: UCONN, 6043, 326lbs
John Ridgeway: Arkansas, 6046, 327lbs

Ridgeway and Jones can be plug-and-play 1-techs. Mathis, who played more of a true nose-tackle for Alabama, can make the transition. Devonte Wyatt was fantastic for the best defense in college football. Perrion Winfrey has played in a 3-front for Oklahoma, but will have to move to a 3-tech.

Edge Rushers

Myjai Sanders Senior Bowl Target
CINCINNATI, OHIO – DECEMBER 19: Myjai Sanders #21 of the Cincinnati Bearcats attempts to sack Zach Smith #11 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the American Athletic Conference Championship at Nippert Stadium on December 19, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Perhaps the top Senior Bowl target position for the Browns, Myles Garrett is the only one of the top 3 edge rushers still under contract for the Browns. The Browns will take an edge rusher early. Clowney may be back, as might Takk McKinley, but edge depth is always a plus.

Myjai Sanders: Cincinnati, 6043, 242lbs
Jermaine Johnson: Florida State, 6043, 259lbs
Boye Mafe: Minnesota, 6034, 255lbs
Kingsley Enagbare: South Carolina, 6036, 261lbs
Sam Williams*: Ole Miss, 6040, 265lbs
Arnold Ebiketie: Penn State, 6023, 250lbs
Zach Carter: Florida, 6034, 287lbs
Tyreke Smith: Ohio State, 6030, 245lbs

The top edge rusher at the Senior Bowl practices was Jermaine Johnson. He looks to be a first round pick. On day two, Myjai Sanders and Kingsley Enagbare are two good options, as is possibly Boye Mafe, Arnold Ebiketie, Zach Carter, and possibly Sam Williams. Tyreke Smith is a possible day three selection as well.

Safety

Leon O'Neal Jr Senior Bowl Targets
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 11: Leon O’Neal Jr. #9 of the Texas A&M Aggies attempts to tackle Brendon Lewis #12 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the first quarter at Empower Field At Mile High on September 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The Browns are possibly losing safety Ronnie Harrison, and will need a replacement. Richard LeCounte didn’t significantly contribute as a rookie. Grant Delpit will return for his third season (second healthy) as will John Johnson III. Versatile safeties will be important for the defense.


Leon O’Neal Jr.: Texas A&M, 6002, 211lbs
Jalen Pitre: Baylor, 5106, 196lbs
Verone McKinley*: Oregon, 5110, 194lbs

Verone McKinley had a lot of ball production this year at Oregon. He was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster. Jalen Pitre has been a standout at the practices. Leon O’Neal Jr is one of my personal favorites at safety. He can be an instant replacement for Ronnie Harrison, and is good coming up towards the line in shallow zones.


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