After having the No. 1 overall selection in each of the past two seasons, the Browns currently hold the No. 17 overall selection. And they don’t need to worry about using that pick on a quarterback!
The Browns still have areas of need, of course, most notably at defensive tackle, linebacker and, depending on how one feels about the offensive line, at offensive tackle.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks falls into that latter category as in his first mock draft of the year he projects the Browns to target the offensive line:
No. 17: Cleveland Browns - Alabama OT Jonah Williams: GM John Dorsey is committed to improving the cast around Baker Mayfield to help the young QB1 evolve as a playmaker. Williams is a steady player capable of snuffing out pass rushers on the edge and burying defenders in the run game.
Williams played three seasons with the Crimson Tide, starting all 44 games. He spent his first season at right tackle before moving to the left side. In 2018, he played 908 snaps, was a unanimous first-team All-American and finished as the third-best offensive lineman, according to Pro Football Focus:
Cole Van Lanen was the highest-graded offensive tackle for the 2018-19 season. pic.twitter.com/zS12V3XjaQ— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 26, 2019
General manger John Dorsey talked earlier in the week about the team’s interested in bringing back left tackle Greg Robinson, but if someone as talented as Williams is there at No. 17, it may be difficult for Dorsey to pass up the chance to upgrade the position.