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Draft Analysis

NFL Draft Needs: Browns

by Evan Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential draft-day solutions.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.


No. 1 Team Need: Quarterback



Silva's Analysis


The Browns' signing of Robert Griffin III gives the organization an asset with the potential to appreciate in value should Griffin resurrect his career under offensive mastermind Hue Jackson. The Browns' signing of Robert Griffin III should not prevent the organization from continuing to pursue a long-term quarterback solution. Although Jackson has shown an impressive aptitude for tailoring his offense to fit his personnel, historically Jackson has featured pocket passers like Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and A.J. McCarron.


No. 2 Team Need: Outside Linebacker

Silva's Analysis

Last year's Browns ranked 28th in the NFL in sacks (29), and top pass rusher Armonty Bryant will open 2016 on suspension for violating the league's PED policy. Bryant will almost certainly face further discipline after being indicted on felony drug-possession charges in February. Fellow OLB starter Paul Kruger is an overpaid ($6.5 million) rotational player on the wrong side of 30. 2013 first-round pick Barkevious Mingo has been a bust. Cleveland's lone somewhat promising in-house rush 'backer is 2015 second-rounder Nate Orchard, who notched three sacks in just under 500 rookie-year snaps.


No. 3 Team Need: Wide Receiver

Silva's Analysis

It's no secret Cleveland has more than three team needs. Right tackle, free safety and defensive line could afford upgrades. Wide receiver stands out above them with Josh Gordon's 2016 eligibility unclear and Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel as the underwhelming next men up. Wideout improvement is of special importance with the Browns likely to trot out either rehab project Griffin or a rookie at quarterback.



Norris' Mock Draft


Round 1 (2): QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State - All signs point to the Browns selecting a quarterback at No. 2. I like these quarterbacks, but am not as in love as (most) others are. Each has on-field issues that could potentially be fatal flaws in some situations. I do love that Wentz is willing to test single coverage down the field and allow his receiver to win those matchups.


Round 2 (32): EDGE Kyler Fackrell, Utah State - Fackrell would be a very fun player in Ray Horton’s defense. Fackrell, a former safety, compares to Connor Barwin and can be used as a drop end/backer in odd man fronts. Pass rushing effectiveness is the area he needs to work on.


Round 3 (65): WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh - Obviously the upcoming decision on Josh Gordon is extremely important. To me, Boyd fits best in the slot as he makes contested catches. His limited athleticism is potentially less of a worry there. However, some teams might talk themselves into Boyd as an outside receiver.


Round 4 (99): OL Joe Thuney, NC State - I love Thuney’s game. At the very least he is a utility offensive lineman who can potentially play every position. Right tackle or guard is a possibility for the Browns.


Round 4 (138): WR Charone Peake, Clemson - The “next” Clemson receiver is an intriguing one. Peake wins more in the small game, as he doesn’t typically high point passes. However, he is extremely good after the catch with a super physical running style.


Round 5 (141): DL Quinton Jefferson, Maryland - Jefferson’s frame is built for hybrid, odd and even man fronts. He played quite well against Ohio State and Wisconsin this season.


Round 5 (172): S/CB Deiondre’ Hall, Northern Iowa - Many consider Hall a corner based on his length (34-plus inches), but an argument could be made that safety is his better position. He played both in college.


Round 5 (173): ILB Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia - Kwiatkoski was in nearly every play between the tackle box for the Mountaineers this season. I absolutely think he could start in the NFL.


Round 6 (176): EDGE Tyrone Holmes, Montana - The small school edge rusher displays an ability to work through one on one blocks on the outside.


Round 7 (223): TE Henry Krieger-Coble, Iowa - HKC was not invited to the NFL Combine. His Senior Bowl week was solid, and he can be used from a variety of alignments.




Browns Current Offensive Depth Chart


QB: Robert Griffin III


RB: Isaiah Crowell


WR: Josh Gordon


WR: Brian Hartline


WR: Andrew Hawkins


TE: Gary Barnidge


LT: Joe Thomas


LG: Joel Bitonio


C: Cameron Erving


RG: John Greco


RT: Austin Pasztor


Browns Current Defensive Depth Chart


RE: Desmond Bryant


LE: John Hughes


NT: Danny Shelton


ILB: Christian Kirksey


ILB: Demario Davis


OLB: Armonty Bryant


OLB: Paul Kruger


LCB: Joe Haden


RCB: Tramon Williams


FS: Jordan Poyer


SS: Donte Whitner

Evan Silva
Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .