On Wednesday, ESPN’s Todd McShay released his second mock draft of the year, and he’s singing a different tune than last December when he had Cleveland taking DE Jonathan Allen at No. 1 overall and OLB Takkarist McKinley with their other first-round pick.
At the time, I noted that he had the Browns passing on both Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky, two names which were really hot at the time for being associated with Cleveland. Now, in mid-February, he’s come around to exactly those two picks. Let’s start with his assessment on Garrett at No. 1 overall:
1. Cleveland Browns, 1-15
Myles Garrett, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
Yes, the Browns need a quarterback, but they have a lot of other needs, too. Garrett, who has the tools to develop into an elite pass-rusher and a very disruptive run defender, is just too good for Cleveland to pass up for any of the quarterbacks in this class. Don't forget: The Browns could still trade for Jimmy Garoppolo or draft a QB with the 12th overall pick.
While McShay acknowledges that the Browns could trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, until they do, he’s penciling Trubisky in at No. 12 overall:
12. Cleveland Browns, 1-15 (from Eagles)
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
After addressing the Browns' void at edge rusher with the No. 1 overall pick, it's time to take another swing at a quarterback. There's a lot to like about Trubisky's tape. He flashes the ability to go through progressions, and he's the most accurate QB in this class. I like Trubisky's mobility but have concerns about what his real size is and some of the critical errors he has made, including two bad interceptions versus Stanford. With just 13 career starts to evaluate, Trubisky's pre-draft interviews and measurables will play a big role in where he lands.
We’ll continue to follow the changes that both McShay and Mel Kiper have in their mock drafts from version to version.