In Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft, he puts on his general manager hat for a three-round mock draft, and explains the difference compared to other mock drafts that he does:
I'm not projecting picks based on what I'm hearing around the league. This is me making 107 picks -- three full rounds -- based on what's best for each team at that slot, so that each team gets an "A" grade. ... At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. I won't pass on a player at No. 4 just because I like the team at No. 5 better.
To refresh, here is who Kiper has had going to the Cleveland Browns in all of his 2017 mock drafts to date:
1.0: DT Myles Garrett, RB Dalvin Cook
2.0: DE Myles Garrett, CB Tre'Davious White
3.0: DE Myles Garrett, QB Mitch Trubisky
4.0: DE Myles Garrett, QB Deshaun Watson, RB Joe Mixon, S Marcus Maye
Here are the Cleveland Browns’ picks from Kiper’s three-round mock, along with his assessment (and you can compare it to McShay’s three-round mock):
Round 1 (1): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Round 1 (12): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Round 2 (33): Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Round 2 (52): Josh Jones, S, NC State
Round 3 (65): Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
The Browns really need to hit on these picks in the top 65. They had 15 picks last year but hit on few difference-makers (I gave them a C+ in my regrades). They have needs at almost every position. This slate would give Cleveland my top-ranked pass-rusher (and overall prospect) and top-ranked quarterback with its first two picks. Those are franchise-changing prospects. Trubisky is going to need some time to adjust to the league, but he has a high ceiling. The undersized Lewis will probably be available at the top of the second round, as there will be a run on corners on Day 1. Lewis is my seventh corner off the board here. Jones is tremendously athletic, running a 4.41 40 at the combine at 220 pounds, and could contribute immediately. Hunt is a downhill runner who breaks tackles and has some value as a receiver out of the backfield.
I couldn’t complain too much about this. I just finished two rounds in the SB Nation Writer’s Mock Draft, where I also got Garrett and Trubisky in round one, and then a safety and a cornerback in round two.
What would you think of this grouping for the Browns?