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2019 Expert Draftland: 32 Draft Authorities Predict Who the Browns Will Select in Round One

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Will the Browns fill their huge need on either the offensive or defensive line? Perhaps another position?

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The Cleveland Browns had arguably one of the best draft classes as evidenced by NFL.com’s recent A- ranking for the league’s 2018 draft class. The franchise also was successful with numerous free-agent signings and now have positioned themselves to make a run at the AFC Central Division title and a return to the playoff field.

What will help them is to hit on the upcoming draft slated for April 25h beginning at 9:00pm (EST). This year the draft will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Browns do have some specific needs, the most glaring are on both the offensive and defensive lines. With the 17th choice in the first round, they are guaranteed that one or the other will be available. Another contention will be at the cornerback position. In today’s pass-happy NFL, you cannot have too many capable pass defenders.

Here at DBN, we have taken one draft site for every NFL club – 32 in all – and tabulated which player these draft experts have decided would be best for the Browns.

2019 Browns Draftland Expert Predictions

2019 Browns Draftland Expert Predictions

Mock Site Player Position School Expert
Mock Site Player Position School Expert
Sporting News D. K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss Vinnie Iyer
CBS Sports Hakeem Butler WR Iowa State Chris Trapasso
NFL.com Andre Dillard OT Washington State Daniel Jeremiah
Draft Countdown Andre Dillard OT Washington State Scott Wright
247 Sports Jeffrey Simmons DT Miss. State Josh Edwards
Sports Illustrated Cody Ford OT Oklahoma Kalyn Kahler
ESPN Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Todd McShay
NFL.com Devin White LB LSU Lance Zierlein
DraftTek Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson Warren Hauck
Mock Out Byron Murphy CB Washington Micky McKeon
NFL Network Jonah Williams OT Alabama Bucky Brooks
USA Today Jeffrey Simmons DT Miss. State Nate Davis
Draft Wire Rashan Gary DE Michigan Luke Easterling
Mocking the Draft: SB Nation Montez Sweat DE Miss. State Dan Kadar
NBC Sports Deandre Baker CB Georgia Ben Standig
Newsday D. K. Metcalf WR Ole Miss Nick Klopsis
Draft Blaster Greg Little OT Ole Miss Dr. Dave
NFL Draft Geek Yodny Cajuste OT West Virginia Logan Fredrickson
Draft Network Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Joe Marino
The Sports Bank Dre�Mont Jones DT Ohio State Paul Banks
NFL Draft Scout Rashan Gary DE Michigan Rob Rang
ESPN Jeffrey Simmons DT Miss. State Mel Kiper
Football Fan Spot Jeffrey Simmons DT Miss. State Steven Lourie
Walter Football Dre�Mont Jones DT Ohio State Walt Cherepinsky
Draftplex Ed Oliver DE Houston Jason Pruett
Deep Fried Draft Greedy Williams CB LSU Brian Bosarge
Bleacher Report Yodny Cajuste OT West Virginia Matt Miller
Pro Football Focus Deandre Baker CB Georgia Michael Renner
Draft Utopia Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson Chris Ransom
NFL Draft Days Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Frank Williams
Pro Football Weekly Byron Murphy CB Washington Eric Edholm
NFL Rough Draft Andre Dillard OT Washington State Mike Luchene

Brian Bosarge of DeepFriedDraft.com explains his selection of CB Greedy Williams of LSU, considered the best cover corner in the draft. “I believe the Browns’ biggest needs are an interior pass rusher and a true number-one corner,” he said. “With edge rushers, interior rushers, and quarterbacks all going high, I believe corner presents the best value for Cleveland at 17. If Washington CB Byron Murphy is off the board, Greedy Williams is a no-brainer. Williams has the size, ball skills, and scheme versatility to be one of the best young corners in the NFL from Day One.”

Going along with the idea that the Browns’ defensive backfield needs some help, Micky McKeon of MockOut.com gave his take on why Washington CB Byron Murphy was his choice: “I try to explore a range of possibilities for player-team matches and prospect values. As for why he fits well in Cleveland, there are a lot of great reasons” he explained. “Firstly, he is an incredible, fluid CB and think he is a Top-10 overall prospect. Additionally, the Browns have a huge need across from Denzel Ward. But the real reason why I think Cleveland is his floor is because of his perfect scheme fit there. New DC Steve Wilks focuses on the secondary, and ran a ton of zone coverage schemes when he was in Carolina and last year in Arizona. This is where Byron has experience and where he excels. Talent + scheme fit + positional scarcity + team need makes me think he won’t fall any further than 17 to the Browns.”