NFL Network's Mike Mayock is one of the draft experts who thinks the Browns should draft a defensive lineman with their first pick.
“If I’m Cleveland sitting at one – remember last year they traded down several times, they amassed a bunch of picks which is great," Mayock said. "But this year I think you want to sit at one and get a difference-maker. It’s a tremendous defensive draft. I don’t think there is a quarterback worthy of number one so I would be looking at two guys.
"Either Jonathan Allen, the defensive tackle from Alabama, or the big defensive end Myles Garrett from Texas A&M," he said. "I think Garrett affects the game on the outside. I think Allen affects the game on the inside. It’s a pass-first league and I think the Browns in that new Gregg Williams scheme, that four-man front, one of those two guys would fit beautifully.”
Furthermore, Mayock doesn't think there is a quarterback worthy of being drafted in the top 10. He has Deshone Kizer from Notre Dame as his top quarterback.
“(Kizer) was replaced in two games in the fourth quarter by head coach Brian Kelly," Mayock said. "The reality for me is I don’t think this is a great quarterback class as far as anybody going in the top 10 or anybody even playing particularly early. Having said that, I think three or four of them could go in the first round and the reason I have Kizer number one is I think he has the highest ceiling of any of these quarterbacks.
"What he lacks is experience," he said. "As far as Deshaun Watson is concerned, I love the way the kid plays; he played his best on the biggest stages against the best defenses. But he has to kind of convert more to a pocket quarterback and that takes time. [Mitch] Trubisky is a one-year starter; I have several questions about him. I think the wildcard is this Patrick Mahomes. He’s a gunslinger. He has significant talent and out of everybody I’ve watched so far in this draft, he’s probably the most fun guy to watch on tape. He’s really intriguing.”
Hughlett signed: Butch Davis used a fifth-round draft pick to draft long snapper Ryan Pontbriand and now it appears the Browns have the highest paid long snapper in the NFL. Charley Hughlett's agent, Brett Tessler, tweeted that the Browns had signed Hughlett to a six-year extension and the contract would make him the highest paid long snapper in the league. The Browns confirmed the signing in a release.
“I am super excited,” said Hughlett. “I couldn’t be happier to be here. My wife and I are happy to call Cleveland our home. I can’t wait to start getting things turned around.”
Hughlett (6-4, 248) is entering his third NFL season out of Central Florida. Originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Hughlett joined the Browns’ practice squad during the 2014 season and was signed to the active roster on Dec. 24. He has handled all long-snapping duties for the team the past 32 games. He added five special-teams tackles in 2016 and has nine in his career.