For the tenth straight year, Dawgs By Nature presents to you 2021 NFL Mock Drafts from our staff members. Listed below, you will see the final first-round mock drafts from some of our staff members, as well as the No. 59, No. 89, and No. 91 overall picks since they also belong to the Browns.
Trades were avoided for simplicity’s sake. Some brief commentary from our staff is included below. If you have any questions, please ask the writer about it in the comments section and they will try to respond.
2021 Cleveland Browns Mock Drafts (Staff Edition)
|Pick||Team||Chris Pokorny||Thomas Moore||Barry Shuck||DBN Community|
|1||Trevor Lawrence||Trevor Lawrence||Trevor Lawrence||Trevor Lawrence|
|2||Zach Wilson||Zach Wilson||Zach Wilson||Zach Wilson|
|3||Mac Jones||Mac Jones||Mac Jones||Justin Fields|
|4||Kyle Pitts||Kyle Pitts||Kyle Pitts||Kyle Pitts|
|5||Penei Sewell||Penei Sewell||Penei Sewell||Penei Sewell|
|6||Devonta Smith||Ja'Marr Chase||Ja'Marr Chase||Ja'Marr Chase|
|7||Ja'Marr Chase||Devonta Smith||Rashawn Slater||Rashawn Slater|
|8||Rashawn Slater||Justin Fields||Justin Fields||Patrick Surtain II|
|9||Justin Fields||Trey Lance||Trey Lance||Trey Lance|
|10||Patrick Surtain II||Patrick Surtain II||Patrick Surtain II||Micah Parsons|
|11||Jaylen Waddle||Micah Parsons||Kwity Paye||DeVonta Smith|
|12||Elijah Moore||Jaylen Waddle||Devonta Smith||Jaycee Horn|
|13||Christian Darrisaw||Jaycee Horn||Jaylen Waddle||Christian Darrisaw|
|14||Jayson Oweh||Jayson Oweh||Jaelan Phillips||Kwitty Paye|
|15||Kadarius Toney||Elijah Moore||Jaycee Horn||Jaylen Waddle|
|16||Jaycee Horn||Greg Newsome II||Caleb Farley||Caleb Farley|
|17||Micah Parsons||Christian Darrisaw||Micah Parsons||Teven Jenkins|
|18||Kwitty Paye||J. Owusu-Koramoah||Christian Darrisaw||Zaven Collins|
|19||Alijah Vera-Tucker||Rashawn Slater||Travis Etienne||Mac Jones|
|20||Trey Lance||Alijah Vera-Tucker||Rashod Bateman||Alijah Vera-Tucker|
|21||Christian Barmore||Teven Jenkins||Azeez Ojulari||Samuel Cosmi|
|22||Teven Jenkins||Landon Dickerson||J. Owusu-Koramoah||Asante Samuel Jr|
|23||Greg Newsome II||Caleb Farley||Greg Newsome II||Jaelan Phillips|
|24||Alex Leatherwood||Najee Harris||Najee Harris||Najee Harris|
|25||Caleb Farley||Christian Barmore||Christian Barmore||Christian Barmore|
|26||Azeez Ojulari||Kwity Paye||Jayson Oweh||J. Owusu-Koramoah|
|27||J. Owusu-Koramoah||Zaven Collins||Greg Rousseau||Azeez Ojulari|
|28||Zaven Collins||Azeez Ojulari||Kadarius Toney||Greg Newsome II|
|29||Rashod Bateman||Jaelan Phillips||Elijah Moore||Kadarius Toney|
|30||Jaelan Phillips||Tyson Campbell||Tyson Campbell||Jayson Oweh|
|31||Jamin Davis||Jamin Davis||Teven Jenkins||Jalen Mayfield|
|32||Travis Etienne||Travis Etienne||Trevon Moehrig||Travis Etienne|
|59||Jabril Cox||Jabril Cox||Elijah Molden||Kelvin Joseph|
|89||Daviyon Nixon||Jamar Johnson||Amari Rodgers||Tommy Togiai|
|91||Aaron Robinson||Kelvin Joseph||Payton Turner||Payton Turner|
Barry Shuck: “This would be quite a sight to see four quarterbacks taken 1-4 in the first-round. At least five signalcallers should be taken in this round alone. This only bodes well for the Browns because this draft which means while other clubs are taking quarterbacks, this draft is deep in pass rushers and true boundary cornerbacks - which Cleveland needs. My thoughts are Berry will take one of these positions in the first-round and then the other in Round 2.
What will probably play out is GM Andrew Berry will let the draft come to him and not mortgage the farm to move up. With nine picks, it is a certainty that he will do quite a bit of trading on his own, but in rounds 3-7 in order to elevate some picks. There just isn’t any room for nine new guys plus the undrafted free agents.
And Berry is not opposed to stacking positions. Look at last year when he signed MLB B.J. Goodson and then drafted Jacob Phillips. He signed the two veteran safeties Andrew Sendjo and Karl Joseph and then took Grant Delpit in Round 2. So several players at the same position, or bodies that he signed in free agency, he is willing to take a young buck that fit their needs despite the group being already fixed.
The Browns roster is loaded with talent. Berry has the luxury of moving up and grabbing athletes who can help this club next year and in the coming seasons. The Browns are not dependent on any of the guys he takes this upcoming weekend to come in and start Week 1 or even this season for that matter. Blake Reneker of “The Dawgs” podcast said it best: ‘The Browns are not rebuilding - they are built.’”
Thomas Moore: “It is difficult to pick the name of a player for the Browns since no one knows who will be there at 26. People think they know, but they don’t. So positional flexibility is the phrase of the day, so when the Browns are on the clock Thursday night, Andrew Berry will select the highest-graded player they have at defensive end, linebacker or cornerback. Cleveland still needs help across the defense, so the pick will be a player at one of those positions - whoever is at the top of their board at the time.”
Rufio: “I’d agree that there is no way we’ll know who is left at 26, which is part of the excitement for tonight. There are a lot of defenders I like in this draft (shameless plug to read my recent Big Board articles), and I’d be happy with any of them. Or a WR! Offensive linemen could be nice too!
It is such an odd shift in mindset to think about potentially drafting a player and upsetting our already good, already established starter who plays the same position. In previous years it always seemed we were frantically filling needs, now we might have more players than playing time!”
EZ Weav: “I’d definitely be for trading out of the first, and maybe the first couple of rounds. There is less information on these prospects than there has ever been, and even during normal times it’s mostly a crapshoot. We’re likely to see Justin Gilbert-sized busts in the Top-15, and hall of famers going in the 4th & 5th rounds. Moreover, there are tons of prospects returning and taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility, resulting in next year’s class being significantly deeper as well as more reliably scoutable.
That is of course unless we know for sure who the Ravens want, at which point we take that guy just to screw them over. Short of that, stockpile for next year and fill out CB with one of the free agent dudes still available.