Browns Team Needs and Best Player Fits(draft)

1. Quarterback

Derek Carr-I like Carr for several reasons. He has a good arm strength, is consistently accurate, and learned how to read defenses at a young age. Many point to his brother failing as a red flag, but he took 50+ sacks in several seasons because his line was terrible. The only thing wrong with him would be he can get flustered when he's pressured, but good protection should limit this.(proj. 1st round)

Jimmy Garropolo-Garropolo has great mechanics, good arm strength, and good mobility. Also, he has an incredibly fast release. People are worried because he didn't face elite competition but if he's given time to sit, he should be able to be a competent starter in 1-2 years.(proj. rounds 2-3)

A.J. McCarron-McCarron is surprisingly underrated in my opinion. He doesn't have an elite arm, but he can make all the throws and he rarely makes mistakes. Russel Wilson is considered a game manager right now and he won a super bowl. There's no reason to believe McCarron can't do the same.(proj. rounds 3-4)

2. Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins-Watkins's impressed at the combine with a 4.43 40. The only concern I have is he wasn't asked to do a lot of complex routes and he still needs improvement in that area. He's often compared to Josh Gordon because of his run after the catch ability.(proj. top 5)

Mike Evans-In many ways, Evans could be a better complement to Gordon. He should make a bigger impact as a rookie because of his red-zone ability. Getting Evans would most likely entail trading down 2-4 spots. With his jump ball ability, he would make a great complement to Gordon.(proj. top 10)

Allen Robinson-Robinson doesn't have #1 receiver upside like Watkins and Evans, but he is a reliable pass catcher and great route runner. He lacks top end speed, but he has experience in a pro style offense. Showed run after the catch ability in college(proj. late 1st-2nd)

Jordan Matthews-Matthews is the SEC's all time leader in receiving yards. He is a polished route runner who has excellent hands. Many had concerns about his speed, but he helped to alleviate those with a 4.46 40. Also has great bloodlines.(proj. rounds 2-3)

Jarvis Landry-Landry was one of my favorite players coming out this year. I was disappointed with his weigh in and 40 at the combine. However, his tape illustrates a player who can adjust to the ball in mid air and secures contested catches with ease.(proj rounds 2-3)


Xavier Su'a-Filo-Su'a-Filo is an athletic guard who played tackle at times last year. He isn't a great run blocker, but he excels in pass protection and is a great fit in a zone blocking scheme.(proj. 1st round)

David Yankey-Yankey was the consensus top guard heading into the combine. However, a poor showing in the 40 dropped his stock and the top spot is now disputed between him and Su'a-Filo. While he isn't as athletic as Su'a-Filo, he is a better run blocker and above average pass blocker.(proj. rounds 1-2)


Justin Gilbert-Gilbert is viewed as the top corner in many rankings. He's fast and has great ball skills. He can easily handle #1 receivers and can shut down smaller, shifty receivers as well.(proj. top 15)

Jason Verrett-Verrett is knocked because he's a smaller corner, but the Browns shouldn't hesitate if he's available at the top of the 2nd. He makes up for his short stature with tremendous leaping ability(39 inch vertical) and has the speed to cover slot corners(3.39 40). The Browns already have Joe Haden who can take away big physical receivers, so adding a player like Verrett to cover small, shifty receivers would be amazing.(proj. round 2)

Bradley Roby-Roby would've been a top 10 pick easily last year, but now he's a fringe first rounder. His athleticism gives him the ability to be a #1 corner.(proj. round 1)

Inside Linebacker

C.J. Mosley-Mosley is the top Inside Linebacker by a long shot. If the Browns plan on playing two ILB for 3 downs, they have to consider Mosley. His production dipped when he was required to call the plays, but Dansby will be calling the plays this year for sure so that shouldn't affect him.(proj. round 1)

Christian Jones-Jones is exactly what you want at ILB in terms of body. He has great length and speed to cover tight ends. His upside as a cover ILB is off the charts.(proj. round 3-4)

Telvin Smith-Smith is a tweener and might end up dropping weight and moving to safety. However, he has incredible athleticism and can cover running backs and tight ends easily.(proj. round 3-5)

Tight End

Troy Niklas-Niklas is a great blocker and solid pass catcher. I think the Browns need more of a dual purpose tight end such as him. Having two good tight ends would make receiver less important.(proj rounds 2-3)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins-The top tight end heading into the year, Jenkins stock fell after Washington switched to a more run based offense. However, he still served as a red-zone threat hauling in eight touchdowns.(proj round 2)

Free Safety

Lamarcus Joyner-Joyner is this years version of Tyrann Mathieu. He won't go in the first because of his size, and might not go in the second either. Last year I wanted us to take Mathieu to compete at free safety and this year, I think we should look at Joyner.(proj rounds 2-3)

Craig Loston-Loston is an interchangeable safety who can play single high zone or in the box. Pettine wants his safeties to be interchangeable so taking someone who played strong safety wouldn't be surprising.(proj rounds 3-4)

Other Prospects the Browns should look at

Taylor Lewan-I've seen mocks that have Lewan falling to 26. If he does, the Browns should take him. I know I don't have tackle as a need, but if we had a better tackle, our right guard wouldn't look so bad. Plus, there is a chance that Schwartz could move inside.

Khalil Mack-Mack is good enough that we should consider him at 4. Although we have Kruger, Mingo, Sheard and Groves, none of them have the upside and versatility that Mack has.

Greg Robinson-Despite the fact that we're set at tackle for now, Joe Thomas will not play forever. Getting his replacement to groom for 2-3 years would be nice rather then finding a franchise quarterback and having him killed as soon as Thomas is gone.

Lache Seastrunk-Seastrunk could come in and be our change of pace back. Although Dion Lewis had good stats in free agency, he didn't play as well as some thought. Seastrunk is explosive and could take over if Tate gets injured.

Mock Draft

1.7(From Tampa) Mike Evans

1.26 Xavier Su'a Filo

2.3 Jason Verrett

3.5 Troy Niklas

3.7 A.J. McCarron

3.19 Christian Jones

4.6 Craig Loston

4.26 Laurent Duvarney-Tardif

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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