The 2019 Cleveland Browns Season was full of hope and optimism and in true Browns fashion, all of that hope and optimism has disappeared as their playoff chances are on life support.
Every year it seems like the NFL Draft is the Browns version of the Super Bowl and it will appear that this off-season, that will remain true.
After suffering a brutal loss to the Arizona Cardinals 38-24 on Sunday, the Browns currently hold the 15th selection in the draft.
For this draft, I used the The Draft Network’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator to get a sense of where players could be drafted this early on. When it got to the Browns pick, I looked at different players available for each selection and made my pick based on who was still available.
Round 1, Pick 15
Being in the middle of the first round is an interesting place for any NFL team. The top players at the Browns positional needs have already been selected: OT Andrew Thomas, OT Andrew Wirfs, LB Isaiah Simmons, OT Jedrick Wills and S Grant Delpit. This left the Browns, well me, with a few different and intriguing options.
Alex Leatherwood – OT – Alabama
Based on the previous selections, Alex Leatherwood would be next in line when talking about offensive tackles.
The Browns struggles on offense this season have come from many areas and the offensive line is at the top of that list. Both Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard have struggled and neither one seem to be the answer for the future of the offensive line.
Leatherwood played guard for the Crimson Tide in 2018, because they had an All-American in Jonah Williams at left tackle, but moved back to left tackle for the 2019 season. He was the No. 1 OT in the 2017 recruiting class.
Against the top team in the country LSU, Leatherwood only allowed one hurry and half a sack on 40 drop backs. In the Iron Bowl, Alex did not allow a sack.
Derrick Brown – IDL – Auburn
Brown is the best interior defensive lineman in this year’s draft class. Standing at 6’5″ and weighing 318 lbs, Brown proves to be a handful for offensive lineman.
In 11 games this season for the senior defensive tackle, he has recorded 49 total tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. In maybe the most exciting college football game of the year, Brown had seven tackles and 3.5 TFL against rival Alabama in a 48-45 win.
Because of his play on the field and his character off of it, Brown won the Lott IMPACT Trophy which is given to a player who excels in both of those areas.
While defensive tackle is lower on the Browns list of needs, it would hard to ignore the talent that could fall into their laps with Derrick Brown.
Dylan Moses – LB – Alabama
With the impending free agency of Joe Schobert and the likelihood that the Browns will cut Christian Kirksey, the Browns could be in the market for another linebacker.
The Browns drafted two linebackers in last year’s draft, Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki, and neither have shown enough to be comfortable going into next year with them as the starters.
Moses did have a chance to play this season for Alabama due to injury. He suffered a torn ACL before the season started and has been sorely missed by the Alabama defense.
In 2018, he led the Crimson Tide with 86 tackles along with 10 TFL and 3.5 sacks which earned him second team All-SEC and was a finalist for the Butkus award.
Tyler Biadasz – IOL – Wisconsin
If you are looking for offensive linemen who are just downright mean and nasty, look no further than Tyler Biadasz of Wisconsin.
Tyler has the ability to play center and both guard positions in the NFL. He has played center for the Badgers and has been the leading force behind their dominant rushing attack.
While the Browns did re-sign JC Tretter to a contract extension recently, Biadasz would be plug-and-play in the right guard spot and would be the center of the future when Tretter’s contract is up.
Selection: Alex Leatherwood – OT – Alabama
Round 2, Pick 46
There are some really good options available with the Browns second round selection.
Yetur Gross-Matos – EDGE – Penn State
When watching Penn State this season, Gross-Matos definitely jumped off the screen. He could possibly be a first round talent this season and would be a nice pairing with Myles Garrett on the other side assuming Olivier Vernon is not in the long term plans of the Browns.
Lucas Niang – OT – TCU
Lucas Niang has played right tackle for the Horned Frogs and has a done a tremendous job of building his resume. In 2018, Ohio State and TCU matched up and Niang did a good job against two high-quality EDGE defenders. You may have heard of these guys: Nick Bosa and Chase Young. Niang could potentially start right away at the right tackle position for the Browns.
J.K. Dobbins – RB – Ohio State
The only reason that Dobbins is here is because he was available on the draft board at this pick. It is very clear that Nick Chubb is THE back for the Browns and they have no need for a running back, especially for one this high in the draft.
Bryce Hall – CB – Virginia
Both Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams have not had the best 2019 season with the Browns and have faced their own separate issues. Standing at 6’1″, Hall is the opposite of Greedy when it comes to tackling and has very good ball skills.
Selection: Lucas Niang – OT – TCU
Round 3, Pick 77
Trey Adams – OT – Washington
Trey Adams could already be on the Browns if he would have come out last off-season but he decided to go back to school for another year after returning from injury. He is worth a mention here if the Browns go a different route with their first two picks.
Collin Johnson – WR – Texas
If anyone has been following me on Twitter for the last few years, they will know my feelings about Collin Johnson from Texas. Standing a 6’6″, Johnson is a big receiver who is a significant red zone threat, classic “goes up and gets it” receiver.
Leki Fotu – IDL – Utah
Leki Fotu is a 6’5″, 335 lb defensive tackle is a force on the interior defensive line. After being first-team All-PAC-12 in 2018, he returned for his senior season and has compiled 24 tackles with 8 TFL.
Selection: Leki Fotu – IDL – Utah
Round 3, Pick 87
Collin Johnson was still available for this selection.
Richard LeCounte III – S – Georgia
As previously stated, the Browns desperately need help in the secondary on the back-end. LeCounte is a player who fits what they need back there.
Shyheim Carter – S – Alabama
The Browns might be looking for someone else to man the slot next year and Carter could potentially fill that role for them. The Browns have an out in TJ Carrie’s contract that would save them $6mil-plus.
Selection: Richard LeCounte III – S – Georgia
Round 4, Pick 111
Antoine Brooks Jr. – S – Maryland
Antoine Winfield Jr. – S – Minnesota
J.R. Reed – S – Georgia
Alex Highsmith – EDGE – Charlotte
Selection: Antoine Winfield Jr. – S – Minnesota
Round 6, Pick 166
Isaiah Hodgins – WR – Oregon State
Trevon Hill – EDGE – Miami
Jonathan Garvin – EDGE – Miami
Levonta Taylor – CB – Florida State
Selection: Levonta Taylor – CB – Florida State
Round 7, Pick 217
Adam Trautman – TE – Dayton
Yasir Durant – IOL – Missouri
Binjimen Victor – WR – Ohio State
Chase Lucas – CB – Arizona State
Selection: Adam Trautman – TE – Dayton
R1P15 – OT Alex Leatherwood
R2P46 – OT Lucas Niang
R3P77 – IDL Leki Fotu
R3P87 – S Richard LeCounte III
R4P111 – S Antoine Winfield Jr.
R6P166 – CB Levonta Taylor
R7P217 – TE Adam Trautman