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Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Roundup 3.0


Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cleveland Browns from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Cleveland Browns, check out our 2021 Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Browns:

EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)

22. Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa

While Larry Ogunjobi is slated for free agency in March, Sheldon Richardson is entering the final year of his contract, where he has the team's third-highest cap hit after Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry for 2021. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team AP All-American, Nixon had 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in eight games this season.

San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)

22. Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

The Browns need to upgrade their pass rush outside of Myles Garrett, but they also need to improve their linebacker corps. Ossai is the best of both worlds. He's a relentless pass rusher, but is also capable of being impactful against the run and in pass coverage.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)

22. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Versatility is critical for today's NFL defenders, and if the Cleveland Browns are looking to add a versatile defender on their second level that they can play all over the field, they should stop after watching Zaven Collins. Tulsa asks a ton of Collins in their defense, and he almost always answers the call. Jordan Reid of The Draft Network has done a lot of work on Collins and loves what he sees:

One of the best aspects about Collins' game is his ability to play on both the strong and weak side, but he's also capable of providing pressure off of the edge as a defensive end and blitzer in interior gaps. In a league that asks a lot from second-level defenders, he's more than serviceable at multiple spots. This has been seen often throughout the season as the Golden Hurricanes defense deploys him from a multitude of platforms.

This in particular is a great example of his versatility:
That would be a huge addition to the Browns defense.

PFF - Gayle (12/29)

22. Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Wade hasn't been overly impressive for Ohio State in his first season playing mostly outside cornerback for the team, but he still presents a high floor as a playmaking box/safety player in the NFL. The former five-star recruit is an aggressive tackler who flies to the football when playing the run or shallow route concepts in front of him. Cleveland can't go wrong spending a late first-round pick on a talent like Wade.

CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)

22. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

For the season Collins had four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and two forced fumbles. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he looks more like a defensive end but moves with the fluidity of the modern day inside linebackers that have become so prevalent around the league.

Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)

22. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Owusu-Koramoah fits a couple of needs for the Browns. We see more of these “tweener” players every year, and he is the newest iteration of linebacker/safety hybrid. His coverage ability is his party piece, but he possesses the physicality to be a WILL linebacker at the next level.

The Browns need help at safety as well, and it shouldn't be crazy if we see Owusu-Koramoah cover tight ends out in the slot or play as an overhang as a third safety. He also has flashed as a pass rusher with seven sacks in two seasons.

PFF - Renner (12/23)

24. Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

There was no more dominant edge rusher on a snap-for-snap basis this year than Bonitto. He collected 44 pressures on only 162 pass-rushing snaps. That's more than one every four snaps. He's ultra-twitchy and agile enough to make slower-footed tackles completely miss. While not many can get away with that in the NFL, Bonitto has a move-set reminiscent of a Yannick Ngakoue that makes you think he can pull it off.

Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)

23. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson

Wide receiver could be tempting if the Browns move on from Odell Beckham Jr., but youngsters Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones are making plays. Instead, they will address a secondary that's struggled to stay healthy and add a potential star in Kendrick.

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