After not having a pick in the fourth round, the Browns traded up from No. 145 (start of the fifth round) to No. 126 to get into the fourth round. With the 126th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected CB Howard Wilson.
Browns DE Carl Nassib announced the pick from Cedar Point:
Regarding the trade, here are the parameters:
Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports' Dane Brugler:
A one-year starter at Houston, Wilson lined up primarily at left cornerback in off-man and zone coverages, showing flashes as a true freshman in 2014 before his breakout season in 2016 – ranked second in the AAC in passes defended (15) and interceptions (five). He is a good-sized athlete with the balanced feet, confidence and ballhawking skills to take chances, but too often plays outside the system in his attempt to create turnovers, which leads to mistakes. Although he needs to clean up reckless tendencies in both run support and coverage, Wilson is always ball searching and flashes down-the-road starting traits.
And here is what Pro Football Focus said about Wilson:
Wilson broke out with a strong 2016 season, finishing with five interceptions and eight pass breakups on his 80 targets, good for an 85.4 overall grade that ranked 22nd in the nation. Opponents recorded a passer rating of only 44.6 when targeting Wilson.
How He Fits the Browns
We were waiting for the Browns to take a quarterback on Day 2, but they went quarterback and defensive tackle instead. Knowing the position was still a priority, I’m not surprised to see them trade up into the fourth round to grab one. CB Joe Haden, CB Jamar Taylor, and CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun will still be ahead of Wilson on the depth chart, but we’ll see if Wilson can work his way up under Gregg Williams.
What do you think, Browns fans?
How would you grade the Browns’ selection of CB Howard Wilson at No. 126 overall?
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