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2016 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Pick DE Carl Nassib at No. 65 Overall

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With the No. 65 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected DE Carl Nassib of Penn State.

The Browns took DE/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah in the second round, so to address the position in back-to-back rounds shows that the team wanted to drastically upgrade the edges of the defense. Ray Horton, defensive coordinator, must have looked at the team's defensive front and said, "these guys aren't cutting it." You also have to wonder if the team might consider cutting a guy like OLB Paul Kruger or OLB Barkevious Mingo after investing in youth.

When the staff at Dawgs By Nature compiled our Browns big boards, Nassib was not listed on any of our Top-45 big boards, but that doesn't mean the team reached. Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Bruglar, who graded him as a 3rd round pick:

A one-year starter, Nassib lined up predominantly as a left defensive end (six through nine technique) in a three point stance in Penn State’s four-man front and occasionally dropped in zone coverage. A late bloomer, he arrived at State College as a 215 pound freshman and developed into a 275-pound record-setting senior pass rusher, working hard behind the scenes to prepare for his chance, which finally arrived in 2015. A self-starter, Nassib is a coach’s dream with his work ethic, motivation and intelligence and he has the size and length that translates well to the next level. He plays with his hair on fire, but unless he competes with more control and strategy, he will have more negative than positive snaps against NFL competition. Although he needs more seasoning and likely won’t start from day one, Nassib is a classic overachiever with the tools to compete for a NFL starting role by year two, fitting both even and odd fronts.

What do you think, Browns fans?

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