Thursday night, ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay got together and did a three-round, alternating mock draft between the two of them (Insider). The tone of this particular mock draft is supposed to be more interesting. In each of their regular/individual mock drafts, Kiper and McShay might shuffle players around to come out with a first round that appeases everybody or is a general crowd-pleaser. For this alternating mock draft, Kiper and McShay acted like they were truly on the clock with each pick, with incorporates a greater sense of realism into the mock draft.
Heading into the Browns' first pick, the following players were already off the board: QB Jared Goff (Rams), QB Carson Wentz (Eagles), OT Laremy Tunsil (Chargers), DE Joey Bosa (Cowboys), OLB Myles Jack (Jaguars), DB Jalen Ramsey (Ravens), and OT Jack Conklin (49ers). Who would you take if those were the players off the board already?
Here is how things went down for the Browns' draft picks:
8. DE DeForest Buckner - Todd McShay - "Conklin would've been a great fit to play opposite of LT Joe Thomas on the right side. But with the Michigan State product off the board, Buckner fills a need, providing an impact guy up front who fits as a 3-4 DE. He plays with a great motor on tape."
32. WR Will Fuller - Todd McShay - "A true vertical burner with 4.32 speed, Fuller is a big play waiting to happen. The Browns are in dire need of more offensive weapons."
65. OG Cody Whitehair - Mel Kiper - "The Browns need help everywhere, and the offensive line is no exception. Whitehair is a good value here."
77. DT Adolphus Washington - Mel Kiper - "Washington was at one time seen as a first-rounder, and is a good value at this point. Who doesn't need a versatile D-lineman?"
It's worth noting that when McShay and Kiper did this exercise last year, they correctly picked two of the four players who would be taken by the Browns (NT Danny Shelton and OLB Nate Orchard).
This isn't the best type of first three rounds Cleveland could have, but I don't think I'd hate it. Whitehair allows the Browns to be creative up front, and even consider moving Joel Bitonio over to right tackle. Buckner and Washington would give Ray Horton some quality, young talent to work with up front to go along with Shelton. Fuller attempts to address the team's need at wide receiver, but he was taken before the Buckeyes' Michael Thomas and Tyler Boyd.
How would you feel if the Browns' first three rounds unfolded this way?