The NFL Draft is less than 3 weeks away for the Cleveland Browns and while the front office and coaching staff isn't tipping their hat just yet, it appears that DE Myles Garrett will be their selection with the top pick but their other first round selection is where things could get interesting.
By drafting Garrett, the Browns will be taking a big step forward in fixing their defense but they still have needs on both sides of the football that could be helped with the 12th overall selection but the big question remains; who would be the best fit?
Let's start with an obvious selection if they remain on the board in safeties Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker.
The Browns let it be known that they want to upgrade their secondary with their unsuccessful attempts to sign multiple safeties this offseason so they now will look to turn to the draft to fill that need. Adams is more of a run stopper that likes the big hits while Hooker is a turnover machine that would patrol center field in the Browns new defensive scheme.
It doesn't appear that either will likely fall to the Browns at 12 but crazier things have happened on draft day.
The next obvious prospect that the Browns will look at is the quarterback position.
Coach Jackson has made it known this offseason that the team will upgrade the position until they find their franchise quarterback but is there a prospect worth the 12th pick? The 3 top options in this draft class are Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes (some would put DeShone Kizer on this list as well) but all three prospects come with questions. With 3 teams in front of the Browns looking for upgrades at QB so none of the three might be available when the Browns are on the clock.
With 3 teams in front of the Browns looking for upgrades at QB position, it is possible that none of the three might be available when the Browns are on the clock.
Let's say that the Browns decide to wait on the quarterback position and attempt to upgrade their offensive skill positions.
There should be plenty of options available for the Browns at that pick including Dalvin Cook, Corey Davis, O.J. Howard, Mike Williams, Christian McCaffrey or John Ross. Clearly, the Browns still have Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson on the roster so a running back doesn't make a whole lot of sense but strengthening the wide receiver or tight end position does. This is especially true if you want to select a quarterback later in the draft or stick with Cody Kessler.
A player like Corey Davis might not be what fans are expecting but could be the best value if neither a safety or quarterback fall to the 12th pick.
A prospect that could fall right into the Browns lap at 12 is DL Jonathan Allen due to his chronic shoulder injury that some teams could view as a big red flag.
If the Browns view Allen as a 3T in their defense then this is a no-brainer decision for Hue Jackson and the Browns front office. Pairing Garrett/Allen with Shelton and Ogbah gives the Browns a very formidable defensive front for many seasons to come.
The Browns have a lot of ways they could go with the #12 pick, after assumedly draft Garrett at #1, but which way should they? Which way will they?