The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft has concluded. Now, the football world awaits the start of the second round on Friday evening.
The Cleveland Browns certainly enjoyed an interesting first round. Sashi Brown and co. traded down from No. 8 to No. 15 with the Tennessee Titans, acquiring a 2016 third rounder and a 2017 second rounder. Amidst rumors of another trade down, the Browns selected Corey Coleman with the 15th pick.
The Browns now face an interesting choice. The club holds the No. 32 pick, the first selection of the second round. Having selected a wideout, the Browns will likely choose a lineman, linebacker, or safety. Above all, the Browns need a playmaker.
So, here are the best players available on the board for the Browns, ranked in order of talent and need:
1. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Without a doubt, Jack is the most talented player remaining. Period. The UCLA product's fall is shocking, as most pundits saw him as a first round pick, easily. I personally slotted Jack to the Jaguars after Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell told fans to "not believe everything you read" about the backer. Sure, Jack has knee concerns, but the value is right and his ceiling is tremendously high.
2. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Alexander played the role of lockdown corner at Clemson, leading teams to generally avoid the speedy player. As a result, Alexander did not allow a touchdown in 24 straight games to end his career. Alexander is a great corner for man coverage, and would fit well with defensive coordinator Ray Horton's scheme.
3. Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Are you sensing a theme here? Lots of talented defenders left on the board. Spence did have off-field troubles as a Buckeye, but cleaned up his act at Eastern Kentucky. Spence is an incredibly athletic lineman well-worth the selection and risk here at No. 32. I'm surprised no team took a shot on him earlier in the draft.
4. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Spriggs is a lanky player with the athleticism and range to thrive at right tackle. A grinder for the Hoosiers, Spriggs would make a nice addition to the Browns' offensive line following the departure of Mitchell Schwartz in the offseason.
5. Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
The second-best end out of Clemson this year ain't half bad. Dodd only started in 2015, but absolutely killed it with 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Sure, Dodd is still raw, but his size and athleticism make him a good pick at No. 32.
6. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Sure, the Browns took a wideout in the first round, but imagine a Coleman-Thomas tandem at wideout. The Browns won't likely use a pick on the talented Buckeye, but Thomas is a big wideout (6'3, 210) with hops and great body control.
7. Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
The Browns used a high pick on Danny Shelton in 2015, yes, but Reed could fill a big need in the Browns' 3-4 defense -- the nose tackle. Danny Shelton failed to fill that void last season, but Reed could do the trick. Selecting Reed could allow the Browns to rotate in Shelton or use the big Hawaiian as a defensive end.
8. Su'a Cravens, S/LB, USC
Selecting a linebacker/safety hybrid at No. 32 might be a reach, but Cravens is a talented and versatile player. He did a little of everything at USC, holding his own as a run-stopping backer and a safety in coverage. Horton would love to mold Cravens into a Troy Polamalu type of player.
9. Vonn Bell, S, OSU
Following the departure of Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner, the Browns are desperate for help in the secondary. Bell could fill the void as a solid safety for the Browns. Fans are clamoring for the pick, and it's hard not to agree with them.
10. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
A talented inside linebacker who played on an incredible 'Bama defense, Ragland was seen as a first round pick on Wednesday. Then, Ragland was flagged for an enlarged aorta, a condition that is not deadly serious but somewhat concerning. Ragland is a supremely talented player, but the condition drops him a bit.
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