The other day, we were wondering whether the city of Cleveland would even be able to host the 2021 NFL Draft this coming April. College football seasons are being cancelled left and right too. But scouts and people like Todd McShay are still hard at work looking at the talent in next year’s draft class, so that didn’t stop McShay from posting his early predictions in a 2021 mock draft.
The draft order projection is via ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), which means Cleveland was picking No. 16 overall in McShay’s mock draft. Here is everyone who he picked leading up to the Browns’ selection:
1. Jaguars - QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
2. Washington - CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
3. Bengals - OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
4. Panthers - QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
5. Dolphins - WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
6. Giants - ILB Micah Parsons, Penn State
7. Lions - WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
8. Jets - CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State
9. Raiders - OLB Gregory Rousseau, Miami
10. Cardinals - WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
11. Chargers - WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
12. Broncos - OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
13. Falcons - ILB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
14. Bears - QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
15. Dolphins - RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
With the 16th pick, McShay likes the Browns taking DE Carlos Basham Jr:
No. 16 - Browns: DE Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest - “The Browns do need a third wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, but even with plenty of high-end options available, I don’t see them investing a top-20 pick on one with the aforementioned duo already in town. Linebacker and some cornerback depth also make sense, but considering Olivier Vernon is trying to bounce back from an underwhelming 2019 season and is a free agent after this coming season, Cleveland should fixate on edge rushing here. Myles Garrett is one of the best in the business and is now locked up for the long term, but his game benefits from having more talent around him.
While Basham isn’t a big name in college football, NFL scouts love him. He’s 6-foot-5, has quick-twitch athleticism and shows the power to finish off the edge — what’s not to love?”
What do you think of the early prediction of Basham to the Browns?