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. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Since professional football has returned to Cleveland, the Browns have had nothing but question marks under center. While RG3 will enter 2016 as Cleveland's starting quarterback and the team drafted USC's Cody Kessler in the third round, it would be difficult for Hue Jackson and the front office to pass up an opportunity to select a franchise quarterback here.
Despite losing their top receiver in the season opener, Watson went on to finish in the top three among Heisman voting as he led the Tigers to the national championship game against Alabama as a true sophomore. Watson threw for 4,104 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also rushing for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Watson threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama in the championship game and rushed for another 73 yards. Per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, one NFL quarterbacks coach said of Watson: “Those are NFL players he was going against. He threw with anticipation. He was very accurate. He responded well to adversity. He’s a smooth athlete, and he showed he’s tough.”
7. Cleveland Browns, via PHI, (Draft History): Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
Playing only seven games over the past two seasons due to injury, Lawson is an explosive edge rusher with the potential to be a top-five selection next April provided he stays healthy. Ranking in the bottom five in the league in sacks (29) last season, the Browns added some pass-rushers through the draft -- Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, etc., but they declined the fifth-year option on Barkevious Mingo, who has been a disappointment, and Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant will be free agents after the 2017 season.
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