As expected, the Cleveland Browns were the center of a ton of off-season noise. With their Salary Cap space and loaded NFL Draft capital, it worked in players, agents and other teams' favor for this to happen.
We've heard pretty much every quarterback rumor possible including all of the big names, Jimmy Garoppolo or even taking one with the #1 overall pick.
In just a couple of days, we find out.
For this 7 Round Mock Draft, I will combine what I have hard with what I think the Browns will do. For our Subscribers, I wrote about what I think I know and think I think late last week.
I also used FanSpeak to help with what players will be around. My friend Jeff Risdon's Big Board was used in the decision making.
Round 1 Pick 1
Round 1 Pick 12
QB Patrick Mahomes - Texas Tech - This could be a slight, or cheap, trade up but expect a QB here. I believe Mahomes is the Browns QB2 but that they believe he is worthy of this pick. He has the physical tools, the family history and the work ethic to be the best QB in this Draft. Hue Jackson's job will be to make that happen. Browns fans/media need to be okay if Mahomes sits for a little while.
Round 2 Pick 33
FS Marcus Williams - Utah - Williams or Jabrill Peppers are likely targets here. With Williams roaming centerfield, the corners look better, and the revamped defensive line means the whole secondary looks better. Analytics are bound to like him a lot.
Round 2 Pick 52
CB Sidney Jones - Washington - Jones would have been a Top 15 to 20 pick without his injury. All reports are he is coming along well but the Browns doctors have to approve this. Getting a true #1 level corner, even if he needs to wait till mid-season is a huge get in the middle of the 2nd Round.
Round 3 Pick 65
RB/WR Curtis Samuel - Ohio State - Samuel is a unique dynamic talent. He has the upside of a great running back and a very good slot receiver. He needs to develop his route running but with Jackson, he could be used in a variety of ways and fill Andrew Hawkins spot. With Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell in the backfield and 1st Rounder Corey Coleman and big free agent addition Kenny Britt, Samuel can be used appropriately as he develops into an NFL stud.
Round 4 Pick 108
DT Chris Wormley - Michigan - Wormley is a unique talent that has the length to rush the passer and the anchor to hold up against the run. Wormley may not start right away but will give the Browns a great young rotation on the defensive line for years to come.
Round 5 Pick 145
TE Jake Butt - Michigan - As a Buckeye, it is tough taking two players from That School Up North in a row but worth it here. Butt's injury history is lengthy and concerning, leading to him falling to the 5th Round after being believed to be a late 1st, early 2nd before getting hurt again. It is unlikely the Browns take 2 injury risk players but could see a big boom if both payoff.
Round 5 Pick 175
LB/S Josh Harvey-Clemons - Louisville - The former Georgia Bulldog big recruit, JHC gives Gregg Williams a lot of versatility to play strong safety or linebacker in the Mark Barron role from last year in LA. The Browns will have to feel comfortable his issues with marijuana, which reportedly led to his Georgia departure, are far behind him.
Round 5 Pick 181
Edge Dawuane Smoot - Illinois - Smooth is a name many know but his measureables don't add up to his production or name value. Late in the 5th, the Browns add another possible pass rusher.
Round 6 Pick 185
TE Josiah Price - Michigan State - The burly tight end doesn't have the speed to greatly stretch defenses but he is a good blocker and a good pass catcher. He can use his big body as a redzone and 3rd Down threat. With Butt possibly missing most of next year, another tight end is helpful.
Round 6 Pick 188
K Zane Gonzalez - Arizona State - Last year proved only one team has to get crazy and pull the trigger too early on a kicker. This year likely leads to some push back on that and Gonzalez, the best kicker in the Draft, "falls" here because of that. The Browns need talented players and competition so drafting a kicker late isn't a terrible idea.
I know you will disagree, or even hate, some of these picks. I look forward to the conversation.
More so, I look forward to Thursday night!