2017 NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns Mock Draft
On this page, you will find all of our picks for the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft from Kevin Hanson.
Here are the picks in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft for the Browns:
|1.01||1||Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M|
|No position in sports, not just football, is more important than quarterback and the Browns lack of success in finding their franchise quarterback has been well-documented. Even though the Browns used a third-round pick on Cody Kessler in last year's draft, the quarterback position remains unsettled for the long term.|
With so many other holes on the roster, Garrett appears to be a lock here despite reports the Browns may consider UNC's Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1 as well. Fortunately for the Browns, their five top-65 selections gives them the draft-day ammunition and flexibility to address the need.
Only the Raiders (25) recorded fewer sacks than the Browns (26) last season, but Emmanuel Ogbah, one of the team's 2016 second-round picks, led the team with 5.5 last year. Racking up 31 sacks in 34 career games, Garrett has the length, burst and freakish athleticism to make an immediate impact with the potential to develop into a perenniel All-Pro pass-rusher to pair with Ogbah.
|1.12||12||O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama|
|Since professional football returned in 1999, three quarterbacks have had double-digit wins during their time in Cleveland: Tim Couch (22), Derek Anderson (16) and Brian Hoyer (10). Out of that group, only Hoyer (10-6) has a winning record as a starter. Meanwhile, 26 of them have a QB loss.|
As noted earlier, the Browns are supposedly also considering Trubisky at No. 1. Perhaps they will use their vast draft ammunition to move in front of the Jets or even up to No. 2 to get the UNC signal-caller or take Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes here. In such a deep and talented draft this year (with quarterback being a notable exception) and the potential for the 2018 quarterback class to be much better than this year's group, the front office may try to add as many non-QB difference makers in this draft and then get their potential franchise quarterback in 2018.
Certainly a top-12 (or better) prospect, Howard is a complete tight end that excels as a blocker while also possessing elite physical tools (4.51 forty at 6-foot-6 and 251 pounds) to create mismatches in the passing game.
|2.01||33||DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame|
|If the Browns go into Day 2 of the draft without selecting or acquiring a quarterback, Kizer could be in play here if he's still on the board. Of course, a team looking to secure a fifth-year option may trade back into the end of Round 1 to select the Golden Domer. Clearly, Kizer isn't ready to start in Week 1 (like all 2017 quarterback prospects, actually), but you could argue that he has as much upside as any quarterback in this year's draft class.|
|2.20||52||Sidney Jones, CB, Washington|
|In the version of my mock draft immediately preceding Washington's Pro Day when he tore his Achilles, Jones was the second cornerback off the board and 11th-overall selection. Due to his injury, Jones will obviously slide in the draft, but the Browns can afford to be patient with talented prospect. Even so, Jones expects to play this season -- and possibly as early as September.|
|3.01||65||Marcus Williams, S, Utah|
|4.01||108||Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan|
|5.01||145||Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt|
|5.31||175||Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming|
|5.37||181||Sean Harlow, G, Oregon State|
|6.01||185||Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State|
|6.04||188||Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame|
More mock drafts:
- Kevin Hanson's 7-round 2017 NFL Mock Draft
- Sean Beazley's2017 NFL Mock Draft
- Brendan Donahue's 2017 NFL Mock Draft
- Kevin Hanson's 2018 NFL Mock Draft
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