The Cleveland Browns face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend to cap off a big football weekend for Ohioans. One day prior, however, most of Ohio will be focused on one of the biggest football games of the year. The 2nd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines. When you tune into the big game, keep an eye on these prospects that the Browns could show interest in when the 2023 NFL Draft Rolls around.
Ohio State Buckeyes EDGE Zach Harrison
Browns GM Andrew Berry could be looking for an EDGE early on in the draft. Harrison is a likely second-rounder and the Browns still project to have a pick early on day two. Could Zach Harrison be the selection?
Harrison at 6’6” and 272 lbs. is extraordinarily athletic. Through 11 games with the Buckeyes, he has 24 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, one interception, 2 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles.
ZACH HARRISON STRIP SACK & STEELE CHAMBERS TOUCHDOWN!!! pic.twitter.com/Dy18zEqoBP— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) November 20, 2022
Ohio State Buckeyes S Ronnie Hickman
The Browns will surely need help in the safety position. Hickman leads the Buckeyes in passes defended (5) while accumulating 48 tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and an interception through 11 games in 2022. The 6’1” 207 lb. safety could be available to the Browns in the fourth or fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Nice tackle by Ronnie Hickman to get off the field. Big stop on 4th down for Ohio State pic.twitter.com/OaF0BlPyHj— Brodie (@MHJBiletnikoff) November 5, 2022
Michigan Wolverines CB D.J. Turner
The freakishly fast cornerback currently leads all Michigan Wolverines with 8 passes defended. Berry loves accumulating depth at CB and Turner could be there on day 3 of the draft. He’s only played in 24 CFB games as a senior.
DJ Turner with a potential season-saving tackle on 4D! pic.twitter.com/Xpc16gRJtb— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 19, 2022
Michigan Wolverines DL Mazi Smith
Smith is one of the most athletic players in college football and made #1 on Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks List” ahead of Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. (#2) and the aforementioned D.J. Turner (#31).
The Browns badly need a “freak” on their interior defensive line and Smith could be that guy on day two or possibly even day three of the draft.