I think we can say that this pick is now down to two candidates: Myles Garrett and Mitchell Trubisky. The Browns obviously need a quarterback, and I believe Trubisky is what Hue Jackson is looking for. Trubisky has his flaws, but he's very accurate and has a quick release. Jackson may envision Trubisky as his new Andy Dalton.
However, Garrett amazed at the combine, posting astronomical numbers at his size. The Browns were reportedly floored by the performance. This happened after Adam Schefter reported that the Browns have an "astronomical grade" on Garrett. Cleveland needs a pass-rusher as well, and Garrett would be an enormous upgrade.
The question is, would the Browns take Garrett over Trubisky when they're desperate for a franchise quarterback? Well, there is precedent for this, as the Texans picked Jadeveon Clowney when they really needed a signal-caller in the 2014 NFL Draft. Houston simply had Clowney way above all the quarterbacks, and that could be the case with Cleveland and Garrett. Plus, there is a chance Trubisky could be available at No. 12 overall.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Mitchell Trubisky, QB - The Browns are apparently debating Trubisky. Only they would be foolish enough to repeat Jacksonville's mistake of selecting Blaine Gabbert over J.J. Watt.
Rd. 1, Pk. 12
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
I wrote earlier that Cleveland's No. 1 overall pick would come down to Myles Garrett and Mitchell Trubisky. Well, as a Hall of Fame running back once said, they can eat their cake and eat it, too.
Trubisky, as discussed, fits Hue Jackson's offense perfectly. He seems like he'll be the first quarterback chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft, despite his inexperience. The Browns shouldn't take him at No. 1, but the value is certainly there with the 12th-overall selection. There's a good chance Trubisky will be available here, as the quarterback spots in the top 10 have completely dried up, save for the Jets at No. 6.
Speaking of the Jets, as discussed earlier, the Browns are talking with New York for a trade up. There's a good chance Cleveland obtains Trubisky with the sixth-overall selection.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Gareon Conley, CB - The Browns can pretty much address any position here, save for the offensive line, and it would make sense. Cleveland's awful secondary needs multiple upgrades.
2. John Ross, WR - John Ross may seem odd considering Mike Williams is off the board, but the analytically driven Browns seem like they'd prefer Ross, who tested better than Williams.
Pick change; previously John Ross, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 1
John Ross, WR, Washington
John Ross could go as high as 12 or 14, but he could also slip to the second round because of injury concerns. He's difficult to slot past Philadelphia's pick, so here we are. The Browns obviously need another offensive weapon.
It sounds like Cleveland is settled on taking the best player in the draft, which is Myles Garrett. He has been the consensus best player in the 2017 NFL Draft and and has been No. 1 on my big board since the start of the 2017 NFL Draft process. I think the Browns are wise to take him and not reach for a lesser player.
In 2016, Garrett totaled 33 tackles, 15 for a loss, 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Against UCLA in the 2016 season opener, he collected three tackles, 1.5 for a loss and one sack going against a quality left tackle in Conor McDermott. Garrett is lightning fast off the edge with natural strength to bull rush offensive tackles. He is a freakish athlete with the potential to be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.
Immediately after arriving at Texas A&M, Garrett began dominating college football. The 6-foot-4, 272-pounder took the game by storm in 2014 as he was an impact-making defender for the Aggies from Day 1. The fast and athletic Garrett was a force on the edge as a quarterback hunter. He had 11.5 sacks as well with 53 tackles and 14 for a loss. That sack total broke the NCAA freshman record previously set by Jadeveon Clowney.
In 2015, Garrett kept it going, racking up 59 tackles with 12.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, two passes batted and an interception. He has blinding speed off the edge and is a natural pass-rusher. Garrett could be the best prospect in college football and could have been in the running for the No. 1-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft if he had been able to declare.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The Browns grab their quarterback of the future. I think Cleveland will go with either Mitch Trubisky or Deshaun Watson. Right now, I think the Browns are leaning toward Trubisky, and that is why they are talking with the Jets about trading up into the top 10. In this mock, however, I have Trubisky going second overall, so I think Watson would be Cleveland's Plan B. The organization has done a lot of work on him, and he's like an upgraded version of Robert Griffin III, who Hue Jackson liked. There are also some similarities with Watson to Jared Goff, who was the Browns' preferred quarterback last year. Thus, I think if Trubisky is off the board, the Browns could take Watson here.
In 2016, Watson completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He had nine rushing touchdowns as well. Watson turned in underwhelming performances during the year against Auburn, Troy, Georgia Tech and Louisville. However, he played much better during the final month of the regular season and in the postseason. Watson can start games slowly, but plays his best when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter.
A problem for Watson in 2016 was poor accuracy in the first two-thirds of the season. He has lots of room for improvement with his field vision and ball placement. Watson missed wide-open receivers for scores throughout 2016. Watson also throws a lot of interceptions and some of them come from forcing passes rather than reading the field. He also will have to make huge jump to a pro-style offense learning to work under center and call plays in the huddle. The Clemson offense predetermined where Watson would throw pre-snap, so he will need to learn to make reads for the NFL. Watson is great off the field with work ethic, character, quiet leadership skills, and loving football.
As a sophomore, Watson (6-2, 221) made some beautiful passes and was a big-time point producer. Watson played really well in 2015 to lead Clemson to the National Championship game. In 2015, Watson completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,105 yards with 12 scores.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Cleveland needs a third cornerback, and Wilson would be one with size.
After losing Vernon Hargreaves to the NFL, Wilson replaced him as Florida's starter alongside Jalen Tabor. Sources with multiple teams graded the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Wilson as a second-rounder, and team evaluators feel that Wilson has above-average speed to go along with his size. In 2016, he totaled 33 tackles with six passes broken up and three interceptions. Sources also feel Wilson has above-average feel and awareness. He is good at running the route to prevent separation with the size to take on big receivers.
Wilson is a longer press-man corner for the NFL with ball skills, but scouting sources say that there are aspects that Wilson needs to improve. He grabs at receivers a lot and could get called for pass interference penalties in the NFL. They also say that he lacks instincts and has some limitations in scheme. Thus, he will need some development. Wilson's best fit would be as a longer press-man corner.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
The Browns grab a receiver weapon for their young quarterback. Engram could be dynamic with Corey Coleman on the outside.
Engram is a dangerous receiving weapon. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder is a fast, athletic tight end who can hurt defenses vertically. He has the speed to get separation and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Engram needs to add weight for the next level and get better as a drive blocker, but he already shows good intelligence and effectiveness with cut blocks at the right spot.
Engram amassed 65 receptions for 926 yards and eight scores in 2016. Against Florida State and Alabama, he showed that he is a dynamic receiving tight end for the NFL in the mold of Jordan Reed. Engram totaled 120 yards on nine receptions with a touchdown against the Seminoles and nine catches for 138 yards and a score versus the Crimson Tide.
Engram had a slow 2015 with only 38 receptions for 464 yards and two touchdowns. In his first two years, he was excellent for Ole Miss. Engram caught 38 passes for 662 yards with two touchdowns in 2014. He was a dangerous receiving threat who carved up Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State that season. As a true freshman, he caught 21 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Marcus Maye, S, Florida
The Browns grab a safety upgrade.
In 2016, Maye recorded 50 tackles with one interception and six passes broken up. His season ended early due to injury. Maye totaled 82 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions in 2015. Maye was a solid free safety for Florida that season and generally a good deep center fielder, but he had an ugly performance against Alabama in the SEC Championship and didn't finish well against Michigan in the bowl game.
Sources say Maye (6-0, 210) has good free safety pass-coverage potential for the NFL and can do everything well, but also has some kinks to work out. He has a tendency to play really well and then suffer a lapse that allows a reception downfield he shouldn't. Those plays stem from a lack of eye discipline, but scouts feel that Maye has Pro Bowl potential if he can be coached out of that flaw.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
The Browns could use more wide receiver talent. Here's a competitor.
Westbrook was a clutch receiver for Oklahoma in 2016 with 80 receptions for 1,524 yards with 17 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 178-pounder is very slight for the NFL and needs to add weight in order to hold up. He could fit as a speedy slot receiver. As a junior, Westbrook had 46 catches for 743 yards and four scores.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
The Browns could use some competition at three-technique, and this could be a nice value pick.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
William Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
The Browns grab some offensive tackle depth. Holden could compete for them at right tackle.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Matt Dayes, RB, N.C. State
The Browns haven't taken running back depth yet, and it would make sense to grab a tailback on Day 3.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
The Browns could use take multiple quarterbacks with the all the picks they have in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Jadar Johnson, S, Clemson
The Browns could use take multiple safeties to upgrade that weak position.
2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (28) Rush (19)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (21) Rush (31)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $65,636,296
(1) Griffin III ($7.5 M)
(2) Williams ($7 M)
(3)McCown ($4.3 M)
(4) Bryant ($3.5 M)
(5) Bailey ($1.6 M)
GM: Sashi Brown
Head Coach: Hue Jackson
Offensive Coordinator: Al Saunders
Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams
Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy
Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Multiple
Needs: (1)QB, (2)OL, (3)S, (4)WR, (5)CB
LEO: (1) Garrett (2) Nassib
NT: (1) Shelton (2) Wright
DT: (1) Bryant (2) Meder
DE: (1) Ogbah (2) Cooper
NFL.com Grade: 7.63 ESPN Grade: 95
NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers
Measurables: H: 6'5 W: 270 40: 4.60
The Dallas area Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior and member of an athletic family (mother, sister were college track stars, father Sean played in the NBA), big things were expected from Garrett upon his arrival in College Station. He didn't disappoint. The consensus Freshman All-American and second-team All-SEC pick had 11.5 picks as a freshman. Garrett then added finalist honors for the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards as the nation's top defender as a sophomore with 19.5 tackles for loss and tying for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. While fighting a knee injury suffered early in 2016, Garrett was still named first-team All-American and All-SEC as a junior (15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks) while playing in 11 games, starting just nine.
Elite edge rusher who possesses rare explosiveness and the fluid-movement skills and agility of an NBA shooting guard. Good size, but he's never likely going to be a hold-your-ground run defender, and might be best suited as an outside linebacker. However, his ability to explode into the backfield through a gap or around the edge gives him disruptive potential on every snap. Garrett still needs to fine-tune his pass-rush strategy and could stand to give more consistent effort from the start of the snap until the whistle. But his pass-rush production and athletic traits point toward an all-pro career.
Garrett’s three-year production has been incredible since stepping onto campus as true freshman in 2014 and he’s played through injury this year to post the fourth overall grade among edge defenders at 90.3. An explosive pass-rusher, the big question for Garrett has surrounded his work in the run game but he’s answer the call this year with an 85.2 grade that ranks fourth in the nation. Garrett has all the tools and the on-field resume to be a star.
The Browns selected DE Emmanuel Ogbah in last years draft with the 32nd overall pick and also spent a 12th overall pick in 2015 on NT Danny Shelton, both have shown potential and with the hiring of Gregg Williams and the transition to a 43 defense, the same scheme they played in at their respective colleges, they should take a step forward in their progression.
I really like Allen here, but I don't get paid to make these picks, so I have to consied to what "the team" needs/ wants. So far by most reports the Browns love the 6'5 270 DE. Garrett possesses Clowney type freakish ability. While, in my eyes, Garrett does not possess the run stopping ability of Allen. I think his pass rush ability will ultimately lead him twinning out over Allen, much like Miller over Dareus in 2011 or Clowney over Mack&Donald in 2014.
Garrett would come in and take over at LEO and play the 7&9 Tech, moving Ogbah to DE, at 275 Ogbah should not have too much trouble in a 5&7 Tech. This setup will also give the browns a nice rotation with 3rd round pick Carl Nassib in the rotation too. Unless cut, this move would also push DE Desmond Bryant in to DT, which should not be an issue at 290. Leaving Shelton to fill the NT role, which is no issue.
QB: (1) Trubisky (2) Kessler
NFL.com Grade: 6.86 ESPN Grade: 87
NFL Comparison: Matthew Stafford
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 220 40: 4.77
Despite being ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country by one recruiting service, Trubisky had to bide his time before getting on the field for the Tar Heels. Marquise Williams took the helm for four years in Chapel Hill, relegating the Mr. Ohio Football to a reserve role (82 of 125 for 1,014 yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions in 2014-2015). Trubisky had a breakout 2016 season, but only received third-team All-ACC honors because of the presence of the top two Heisman Trophy vote-getters (Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson). He ranked fifth in the country with a 68.0 completion percentage, threw 30 touchdowns against just six picks, and averaged 288 passing yards per contest. The dual-threat part of his game also came out in 2016, as he ran for 308 yards (net of lost sack yardage) and five scores.
Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he's a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn't put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great.
As our analysts go back and review each prospect, Trubisky continues to build momentum as he showed the arm to drive the ball outside the numbers and the pocket movement to create plays when pressured. He only has one year of action at UNC, raising questions about his coming out of school, but his talent is evident and worth a first-round investment. While there’s more good than bad to Trubisky’s game, he often left a few plays on the table in each game so there’s still room for improvement after posting an 84.4 overall grade that ranked 11th in the nation in 2016.
Cleveland grabs its quarterback. The Browns preferred Jared Goff last year to Carson Wentz, and Watson has some similarities to Goff in terms of college system and skill set. <br> <br>
I personally think Watson is a third-round prospect, but there are a lot of quarterback-desperate teams that could push him higher than where he should go. I know multiple playoff teams that are grading him in Round 3. One said they had him as a third-, fourth-rounder. A couple other teams told me they grade him in Round 2, but wouldn't be surprised if Watson was taken late in Round 1, like the Vikings did with Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL Draft. We've seen a long track record of desperation trigging huge quarterback reaches this decade with the likes of Jared Goff, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker. Thus, Watson still has a shot at going early in the 2017 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
In 2016, Watson completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He had nine rushing touchdowns as well. Watson turned in a few subdued performances this season against Auburn, Troy, Georgia Tech and Louisville. However he played much better during the final month of the regular season and the postseason. <br> <br>
A problem for Watson in 2016 was poor accuracy in the first two-thirds of the season. He has lots of room for improvement with his field vision and ball placement. Watson missed wide-open receivers for scores throughout the season. He also is undersized and didn't play in a pro-style offense. The Clemson offense predetermined where Watson would throw pre-snap, so he will need to learn to make reads for the NFL. Watson is great off the field with work ethic, character, leadership skills, and loving football. <br> <br>
As a sophomore, Watson (6-2, 205) made some beautiful passes and was a big-time point producer. Watson played really well in 2015 to lead Clemson to the National Championship game, and in that title tilt, he threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns against an Alabama defense that featured tons of future NFL talent. In 2015, Watson completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,105 yards with 12 scores.
I am a firm believer that this team believes that RGIII can still make a comeback and become something at least a fraction of what he was his rookie year but it never hurts to buy into some insurance with someone who might need an adjustment period but can be a seriously good player. Would not surprise me however if the team would trade this pick away to someone hungry for a first round pick such as the Vikings who traded out of the first for Sam Bradford. Especially with the rumors going around of the two teams working out a big deal in which the details still are unknown. Kizer at the start of the season was made out to be the best Quarterback in the draft before the rise of one year starter Mitch Trubisky. Kizer has the arm strength, accuracy and field IQ that will make him a quality starter but might be hidden in the QB depth chart at first while they give RGIII one last chance.
The Browns had the 1st, but now have the 3rd... not too big of a drop for 2018 first rounder and a 4th rounder this year... Yes, they also gave up a second rounder this year.. But I'm of the mindset that the Browns are in the business of getting as much first round picks as possible. And this trade follows this game plan.
The Browns have holes everywhere, but honestly have made some decent FA moves, especially on the offensive line. Last year, all the Browns' draft picks made their team...that's either awesome or eekk. And their record was more eeeeekkk.
Therefore, they choose the safest and most pro-ready player in the draft. OJ is huge, fast, strong, and understands a pro offense. He is the only true TE in the draft, meaning he can block and catch at an elite level.
Plus, the QBs next year are elite
I'm sure it's because your "NFL Matches" section is just the usual copy/pasta from other scouting report articles, but I literally spit out my drink reading you suggest Mixon as a fit for the Ravens. Zero chance that happens lol.
*EASTER UPDATE* WITH TRADES RD2, 3, & 4 ORDER IS RANDOM for trades that usually happen.
Used draft-site`s approach as a general guide. Really like their ranking system as it uses a hi-low rubric to rank each player. Took several ranking sites and averaged out player rankings. Used my own rankings for players I feel were ranked much too low. F/A updates with a few players still looking for a new home. Will update as they sign. Will see teams reach for QB & OT. 3 days till drafttime !! No big trades announced yet.