Now that the NFL season is officially over, mock drafts are going to start getting a lot more attention. Free agency is still a bump in the road before the draft that will steal some headlines, but for now, let’s get started with Dan Kadar’s three-round mock draft. Kadar has long been our draft expert here at SB Nation, and here is what he laid out for the Cleveland Browns:
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The real intrigue for the Browns is how quickly they pursue a quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo and how much they’d have to give up for him. Unless the Browns fail to make a move on a veteran quarterback, Garrett remains the overwhelming favorite to be picked No. 1.
12. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
If the Browns can hold onto the No. 12 pick, they could potentially go after whichever player they see as being the top cornerback prospect. With Joe Haden’s future uncertain, Cleveland could get a player like Lattimore to be the new shutdown outside player.
Dan then goes on to predict a trade for the Browns at No. 33 overall, involving a quarterback we’ll keep continuing to hear about:
The second round could start with a trade, where the Browns send pick No. 33 and a future pick to the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s the only trade being projected in the mock draft (this week).
52. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee Titans): Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
65. Cleveland Browns: Obi Melifonwu S, Connecticut
The Browns rewarded Jamar Taylor with a lower-level contract extension this past year, but given Joe Haden’s injury and performance issues the past few years, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team start to groom a cornerback for the future. Overall, it’d be a hell of a haul for the first three rounds — getting two starters on defense, a starting quarterback, and then two more players who can try to contribute on defense.