Browns – Complete Offseason FA/Draft Mock

Welcome into the Dawgland/Feeling Dangerous Podcast off-season scenario. Here you will see Jack Duffin spending the Browns money in Free Agency (yes you read that right). After Jack has done his work to improve the Browns roster pre-draft, Owain Jones will then take on the Draft with these moves in mind. The aim of this scenario is to give a complete guide to what our Browns off-season would look like, as a pose to a mock that maybe has no context behind it. With that said, let’s get into it!

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – The Browns feel they are ready to compete, if Baker regresses or the injury issue comes back they have a boom and bust QB in FitzMagic who can potentially keep them in the hunt. The younger upside QBs like Mariota, Winston and Trubisky will go to situations where they have a better chance to start.

RB D’ernest Johnson – It is a choice between Hunt or DEJ, they decide to keep DEJ on a three-year deal worth $12m rather than one final year of Hunt before he becomes a free agent. They trade Hunt to the Dolphins for pick 123.

WR DJ Chark – The main #1 WRs in Adams, Godwin and Williams were all retained so the Browns get Chark who can come in and be their veteran in the room.

WR Russell Gage – Replacing Landry with a younger, more athletic and cheaper wide receiver who has outside/inside versatility.

TE David Njoku – Njoku couldn’t beat Hooper out for starter snaps so they give him the franchise tag and the opportunity for one year where he can try and show he is the number one. This would mean Hooper is given a post June 1st cut.

TE OJ Howard – Howard is unlikely to get an offer to be a starting tight end on a team so where the Browns feature a tight end two so heavily it is a good upside move for him. He is an athletic freak and gives the Browns a deeper tight end room. If he breaks out and Njoku struggles they could look to extend him instead. If he gets injured they have Bryant that can step up.

OT Cornelius Lucas – They need injury cover for Conklin and don’t want to risk Hudson potentially having to play the season again without seeing how he develops in camp. Bringing in Lucas for one year means they have a deeper room.

ED Justin Houston – Clowney costs too much at $15m a year so they go for a cheaper bridge edge to give them some quality while they draft the future opposite Myles Garrett.

ED Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – A pass rush specialist who will give them a really deep room which is essential with the rotation at the position.

DT Tim Settle – They have no talent at the defensive tackle position and bringing in a big tackle who can rush the passer allows them to keep pressure on the quarterback.

DT Taven Bryan – Yet another former first-round pick that the Browns look to run the tires on the defensive line. If he can perform back to how he did in his first two seasons it will be a big win for the unit.

DT Sheldon Day – Bringing back Day allows them to have a solid piece that can compete for a spot at camp.

LB Josh Bynes – They really want to give Phillips the opportunity to play but need some security if he goes down. Rather than add a Walker who would likely start above him they have a solid veteran who can fill in and play a significant role if needed.

S Marcus Maye – Take advantage of the cheaper one-year prove-it deal he will be on. Allow him to be the deeper free safety and push JJ3 and Delpit nearer the line of scrimmage. Whoever plays best between Maye and JJ3 can be kept around and the other will be a free agent next season.

So Jack has done a great job in FA, and Owain is now entrusted with selecting the next generation of Browns players. Going into the Draft with a bit of flexibility due to Jack’s signings, and not forced into anything. With that said, let us load up the PFF draft simulator.

TRADE

Browns send picks 13 & 115 > Eagles send picks 16 & 51.

Round 1 Pick 16 – Chris Olave WR, Ohio State.

This wouldn’t be a Jack Duffin off-season without a trade down. That said I also think, with the strength of the WR class this year, trade down is the way to go. Olave for my money is the most pro ready receiver in the draft. While some say he has not got the upside of others, I do not see the negatives of knowing exactly what Olave will be, great. 

Round 2 Pick 44 – Majai Sanders Edge, Cincinnati.

Sanders may be on the light end of what the Browns are looking for opposite Myles Garret. However he brings explosion in his pass rush as demonstrated in the college football semi finals, where he gave potential number 1 pick Evan Neal a tough time.

Round 2 Pick 51 – Travis Jones DT, Connecticut. 

The Browns are young at the DT position. Jack brought in some help to get experience and production in the form of Settle and Bryan. However I felt that Jones brings that run stuffing ability that the Browns sorely missed last season. Also showed off his pass rushing ability at the senior bowl.

Round 3 Pick 77 – Sky Moore WR, Western Michigan.

Loading up at the WR position is a must this off season. Adding Chark, Gage, Olave and now Moore would go a long way to improving the pass game. Moore has been flying up boards during draft season and would be very surprising to be at this spot. (Beat you to it no way in hell guy!) 

Round 3 Pick 98 – Nick Cross S, Maryland. 

Nick Cross is a player I think the Browns are going to fall in love with. He fits in with exactly what they want, being super athletic and young. My view is that the Browns need a deep safety this off season, which Marcus Maye would provide. However coming off a serious injury, Cross could provide valuable depth to start, in a system that very much likes to have extra DB’s on the field.

Round 4 Pick 104 – Tyler Smith G, Tulsa.

When the Browns traded for Wyatt Teller, he was very much a project with a nasty streak. This pic is in a similar vein, Smith is a road grader in the run game, something the Browns would like. 

Round 4 Pick 122 – Dameon Pierce HB, Florida. (Kareem Hunt trade)

With the Browns trading away Kareem Hunt in this scenario, HB 3 is up for grabs. It’s no secret you can find gems at this position later in the draft, this could be one. Not used much at Florida, he really stood out in the senior bowl with great bursts and vision. Big upside with little tread on the tires, interesting for the Browns.

Round 5 154 – Cordale Flott CB, LSU.

Another LSU DB gets added to the Browns roster. Has versatility to play inside and out, and the mantra of good front offices is to keep adding to that room. AB and co will continue to do smart things.

Round 6 Pick 191 – Caleb Eleby QB, Western Michigan.

I think adding a QB through the draft may be a given this season, not early but late in the draft. It gives the Browns a chance to develop someone to become a cheap backup and throw a dart at someone with upside. I know great Browns draft analyst, Cory Kinnan, likes Eleby and that’s enough for me to take a punt at this point.

This is what our roster looks post FA and the draft. From my perspective, it is a roster to get very excited by going in to the season. Let us know what you think.

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