It’s time to talk draft Cleveland Browns fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 9, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
The Browns didn’t look like “the same old Browns” after Cleveland dismissed their head coach in late October. The coaching change came as breath of fresh air to a corps that compiled a 3-36-1 record under the reign of Hue Jackson. A lot of credit goes to interim HC Gregg Williams for getting the team pointed in the right direction. Williams has since become the NYJets new DC, as the Browns named OC Freddie Kitchens their new HC. Even though there is a lot of optimism in Cleveland, they still have things to improve upon. Baker Mayfield threw the ball almost 500 times last year. With the arrival of new OC Todd Monken, look the team to have a more balanced attack. New DC Steve Wilks had a rough go in Arizona last year, but is still considered a coach on the rise.
2019 draft picks
Cleveland has no Compensatory Pick.
- Offensive Tackle
- Wide Receiver
- Defensive Line Depth
What Monken lacked in Tampa Bay was a running back to work with. Look for Cleveland to upgrade their offensive tackle position, and possibly center too. With a few additions to the line, there’s no reason Nick Chubb shouldn’t break the 1,000 yard mark and to score a dozen touchdowns. After working with Mike Evans, Monken might like to have a big bodied wide receiver for Mayfield to work with.
On the defensive side of the ball, it looked like the Browns would be adding some pieces to their defensive line. And in free agency, they did just that, picking up Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon. Those additions would allow them to take a player of Jeffery Simmons’ caliber, but not needing him to play right away (as Simmons is currently rehabbing a torn ACL). Joe Schobert could stand some help at linebacker. The Browns could also use some depth at corner and safety.
The Browns have enough picks to trade up, if there is a particular player they fall in love with.
Prospects to watch
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Simmons is an amazing athlete and expected to put up elite numbers at his Pro Day. In 2018, he totaled 59 tackles, including 14.5 for loss and one sack, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. According to PFF, Simmons racked up 27 total pressures and ended the regular season with the No. 4 overall grade (91.4) and the No. 4 run-defense grade (93.1) among FBS interior defenders.
Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Thornhill looks like a good fit for the Brown. He’s a physical safety that can get downhill quickly. He has the burst to fill the hole, and the kind of pop you like to see from a safety upon contact. He has the trait necessary to line up against a tight end or a big possession receiver.
Mike Deiter, OL, Wisconsin
Deiter has started in 41 games for the Badgers. He’s been a completely selfless player, playing wherever his coaches ask him to. He has made 16 starts at center, 14 starts at left tackle and 11 starts at left guard. In 2018, he was a Coaches second team All-American.
Emmanuel Butler, WR, No. Arizona
At 6-3, 210, Butler is a physical specimen. He’s strong and fast, and he certainly looks the part. After two 1,000 yard seasons, Bulter missed most of 2017 with a shoulder injury. In 2018, he had 35 receptions for 676 yards with a 19.3 ypc and seven touchdowns.
Players to Watch: OLB Ataro Alaka, Texas A&M; WR Jon Duhart, Old Dominion; OT Ethan Greenidge, Villanova; S Kiy Hester, Rutgers; and OLB Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois.
General Manager: John Dorsey | Head Coach: Freddie Kitchens | Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken | Defensive Coordinator: Steve Wilks
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Baker Mayfield QB | R2 Denzel Ward CB
2017: R1 Myles Garrett DE | R1 Jabril Peppers S | R1 David Njoku TE |
R2 DeShone Kizor QB
R1 Corey Coleman WR | R2 Emmanuel Ogbah DE
R1 Danny Shelton NT | R1 Cameron Erving OL | R2 Nate Orchard OLB