Day 3: Grading Browns Picks and Moves

Unlike Day 1 & 2, where I graded every pick, for Day 3 I will be grading the Cleveland Browns picks only. Since they have a ton, and likely to make a bunch of moves we should still have a lot.

Round 4

#99 - Joe Schobert - Schobert is a do-everything linebacker. He can rush the passer, play in coverage and strong enough to stop the run. Doesn't overwhelm with his measurables but is highly productive. Expect to see him in pass rush mode early in the Browns NASCAR package. Grade - B

#100 - Trade - The Browns trade down 14 spots, to 114, and add the 154th pick. Assumption is the Browns have similar grades on about 15 guys so adding another pick makes sense. I would love to add another talented offensive player, at RB, WR or TE, so hopefully that is the target at #114. Grade - C-

#114 - Ricardo Louis - Browns add another WR and another Auburn Tiger with Louis. Not a player that many expected this high, Louis has the height, speed combo. Has a lot of work to do on his route running and his hands but if he can turn his physical skills into performance, the Browns will have their big, outside guy across from Corey Coleman. 6'2", 215 pounds. Ran a 4.43 and had the longest broad jump of any WR. An athletic freak. A bit of a reach. Grade - C-

#129 - Derrick Kindred - A very physical safety, listed as a FS on, Kindred is a big hitter with some coverage skills. He played all of 2015 with a broken collarbone instead of having surgery. There are some name safeties, Tyvus Powell and K.J. Dillon, still on the board but the Browns don't seem to be falling in line with the general consensus. Kindred ran a very good 4.5 forty yard dash and is highly athletic. Like Schobert, Kindred can play either safety spots for the Browns. A position of need address. Grade - B

#138 - Seth DeValve - Browns fans wanted wide receivers over the past few years. The team has given them 3 in this draft. At 6'4" and 245 pounds, DeValve is more likely to play tight end at this level. Going to take a little while to adjust, and blocking will have to be a concern. Emory Hunt, who scouts the Ivy League a ton, loves DeValve. Another pick that is high compared to what others think. Grade - D

Round 5

#154 - Jordan Payton - Looks like the new Browns regime also didn't like the team's wide receiver group. Payton stands at 6'1" and ran a 4.47 forty. He plays big with strong hands. Needs to learn to play in press coverage but should be a solid possession receiver. Had 14 TDs in his career and had over 1100 yards receiving last year alone. Can play inside or out in Hue Jackson's offense. Grade - B-

#168 - Spencer Drango - The Browns add another offensive lineman here with Drango. They also add another Baylor product. Drango was expected to to go higher earlier in his college career. Now, here in the 5th Round, the Browns get a big, 6'5" 315 pounds, guy who can play inside or out. Long enough to play right tackle with good enough feet but could play inside as well with improved strength. Another pick that PFF likes. Grade - C+

#172 - Rashard Higgins - So, the Browns have a whole set of new WRs. Some thought Higgins could go much higher than this as he is over 6'1" and has great body control. He doesn't have good speed but can get the ball when contested. Route running is good. Where all of these recievers fit is the biggest question. Grade - C-

#173 - Trey Caldwell - A small corner who will work out of the slot. The Browns aren't sure long term with K'Waun Williams concussion issues so adding a Senior corner who can help early, makes sense. The Browns have a ton of picks, so they need to keep using them on player they think can help and Caldwell makes sense for them here. Grade - C

Round 7

#250 - Scooby Wright III - After a trade with Miami that sent DB Jamar Taylor to Cleveland, the Browns wrapped up the 2016 draft by taking LB Scooby Wright III. Wright was the winner of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Lombardi Trophy. He played just three games in 2015 due to knee and foot injuries, but returned to the field for the New Mexico Bowl where he recorded a pair of sacks. Another high motor player, Scooby could be a 7th round gem. Grade - B+


The OBR Top Stories