There are four major mock draft simulators: The Draft Network, Pro Football Focus (PFF), Pro Football Network (PFN), and NFL Mock Draft Database. All have players slightly differently allowing for different scenarios to occur while running a mock draft on the simulator. They also have different trade mechanics, which adds a variable to each as well. I ran a mock draft on each of these to see what different outcomes Browns fans can look for come draft day.
The Draft Network
The Draft Network mock draft simulator is unique in it having computer generated trade offers. In this mock, I used that feature twice. The first time was to get out of the first round, the second was to trade back up into the second round for a third selection in that round. With that being said, let’s get to the selections.
Trade: San Francisco sends picks 43, 102, and 155 to Cleveland for pick 26
43. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest, 6’3″, 274lbs, 9.38 RAS
Cleveland trades back since the top four corners as well as Kwity Paye and Jaelen Phillips were off the board. They trade back and still get someone who will most likely be one of their top edges in this draft. Basham offers elite athleticism and the ability to kick inside given his larger frame.
59. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State, 5’10”, 180lbs, 7.46 RAS
Asante Samuel Jr. gives them inside-out versatility. He will be better in man coverage which isn’t ideal, but he isn’t bad in zone, just inconsistent. Adding him to a room with Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams will give you the ability to match everyone up with who they can cover the best regardless of where they line up.
Trade: Cleveland sends picks 110 and 132 to Tampa Bay for pick 64
64. Levi Onwuzurike, iDL, Washington, 6’2″, 290lbs, 8.73 RAS
Unwuzurike is going to fill in as a rotational 3-Tech in year one and eventually taking over the starting role next year. The Browns need interior defensive line help. They already have Malik Jackson, and can play Jadeveon Clowney on the inside. This will allow Onwuzurike to not have to produce much in the passing game as a rookie.
Trade: Cleveland sends picks 89 and 155 to Denver for pick 71
71. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State, 6’5″, 251lbs
This is a pure value pick at a position of importance for the Browns. TE2 falls out of the second round, and the Browns are a team that run a lot of 12 and 13 personnel. Freiermuth will be in a crowded tight end room with Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant. Neither are elite players, so you get a chance to get an elite player at a vital position to the Browns game plan. Unless a player of his caliber is available late, I wouldn’t expect the Browns to draft someone at tight end given you can’t get out of Hooper’s contract until after the 2022 season.
91. Richie Grant, S, UCF, 5’11”, 197lbs, 7.8 RAS
102. Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan, 6’0″, 234lbs
McGrone can compete with Phillips to give you competition at MIKE.
169. Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn, 6’0″, 186lbs, 6.91 RAS
Schwartz gives you elite speed at receiver, something currently lacking in their receiver room. He can compete with Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins for WR3. They will all get snaps, as long as Schwartz shows he can block.
211. Malcolm Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo, 6’2″, 249lbs
PFF grades all of their mock draft selections, as well as trades. Their board is probably the most different compared to others, and it allows for a lot of value later on in the draft.
Trade: Tampa Bay sends 32 and 64 to Cleveland for 26 and 110
32. Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State, 6’4″, 257lbs, 9.92 RAS
A raw, athletic edge rusher, Oweh projects to have versatility to play either in a 3-4 or a 4-3, but is currently best rushing from a wide alignment. Oweh can play in a rotation behind Garrett, Clowney, and McKinley so he will have time to develop.
64. Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina, 6’0″, 189lbs, 8.38 RAS
Brown is a good downfield threat who will add a new dimension to the Browns’ offense. He has good athleticism and elite production in multiple college seasons. He can compete with Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones for WR3.
Trade: Dallas sends 75 and 99 to Cleveland for 59 and 169
75. Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia, 6’0″, 194lbs, 9.37 RAS
Stokes can be a starting corner for the Browns and can compete with Greedy Williams when he is healthy. Having a solid CB2 will give the Browns an elite secondary with Troy Hill at nickel, Denzel Ward at corner, and John Johnson III, Grant Delpit, and Ronnie Harrison at safety.
89. Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky, 6’3″, 234lbs, 9.94 RAS
Jamin Davis is an athletic freak at linebacker, and can split reps with Malcolm Smith for this season.
91. Tommy Togiai, iDL, Ohio State, 6’1″, 296lbs, 8.58 RAS
Togiai projects as an undersized nose tackle in a 4-3 who is good against the run. Togiai can play in a rotation with Andrew Billings and can come out on passing downs.
99. Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana, 6’2″, 205lbs, 6.22 RAS
132. Kendrick Green, iOL, Illinois, 6’1″, 305lbs, 9.24 RAS
The Browns get an interior lineman who could sit for a year before taking over if they need to release Bitonio or Tretter to help pay for Baker Mayfield or Wyatt Teller.
257. Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa, 6’3″, 234lbs, 9.51 RAS
Trade: Saints send a 2022 5th round pick to Cleveland for pick 211
Pro Football Network
26. Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern, 6’0”, 192lbs, 9.66 RAS
Greg Newsome II offers good coverage skills in both zone and man. He is an outside only corner, but he makes Greedy Williams expendable and gives you a good, young tandem with Denzel Ward. With Newsome, the major concern is you’re adding a corner who has yet to play a full season, including missing 8 games in 2018, to a corner room of Greedy Williams, who has barely played through two seasons, and Denzel Ward, who has missed 3 or 4 games in each of his first three seasons.
59. Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston, 6’5”, 268lbs, 9.74 RAS
Turner is an athletic edge rusher with inside-out versatility. He has played up at 290, and as low as his current weight. Ideally, you can keep him at his current weight, maybe add up to 10 pounds, and be able to kick him inside on pass rushing situations. With Clowney able to do the same, you could possibly have a defensive line on third down of Takk McKinley on the outside and Malik Jackson on the inside, with Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, and Payton Turner offering the ability to play anywhere along the line.
89. Marlon Tuipulotu, iDL, USC, 6’1”, 308lbs, 6.78 RAS
A versatile defensive tackle and who can play either 1-tech or 3-tech, Tuipulotu is good against the run and offers something as a pass rusher. He can fit into a defensive tackle rotation with Malik Jackson, Andrew Billings, and Jordan Elliott. Both Jackson and Billings are on one year deals, and Elliot has not shown much yet, although they apparently like him internally.
93. Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana, 6’2”, 205lbs, 6.22 RAS
As your fourth safety, Johnson is a tremendous rotational player. He offers a lot of versatility and would start for a lot of teams. It would give the Browns an elite secondary group and provide injury insurance.
96. Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan, 6’0”, 234lbs
McGrone will compete with Jacob Phillips and Anthony Walker for reps at MIKE.
169. Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina, 5’10”, 190lbs, 2.18 RAS
Newsome tested poorly or else he would’ve been long gone. He would play special teams as rookie and be behind Jarvis Landry as a slot receiver.
211. Sadarius Hutcherson, iOL, South Carolina, 6’3”, 321lbs, 9.89 RAS
He is not a good scheme fit, although the Browns do run a decent amount of gap blocking when Kareem Hunt is in. He would need to develop more mobility to start for the Browns, but he would be a good backup and the value was too good.
257. Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati, 5’11”, 206lbs, 9.69 RAS
A versatile safety, Forrest can be your fifth safety and play in every facet of special teams. Forrest is a player I would be comfortable with selecting at 169, let alone 257.
Future Assets: 2022 GB 6th, LAC 7th, NE 7th
NFL Mock Draft Database
Trade: Cleveland sends picks 26 and 169 to the New York Jets for picks 23 and 186
23. Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL), 6’5”, 260lbs, 9.87 RAS
Phillips is the best edge rusher in this class, but injury concerns will force him to drop. He has versatility to play in any scheme, and has good technique with great athleticism.
59. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse, 6’2”, 205lbs, 9.69 RAS
An athletic outside corner who is best in zone, Melifonwu can fit with the Browns opposite of Denzel Ward. He has flashed as a man coverage defender, but is best in zone.
89. Jay Tufele, iDL, USC, 6’2”, 305lbs, 6.46 RAS
Tufele can play 1-tech or 3-tech, and is good on all three downs. He needs work, but he can be a quality starter and will fit into a defensive tackle rotation with Malik Jackson, Andrew Billings, and Jordan Elliott. He is a good value in round three and will be a good option with Jackson and Billings being upcoming free agents.
91. Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State, 6’2″, 238lbs, 9.52 RAS
Werner isn’t a perfect fit for what the Browns need, since they had success with Sione Takitaki playing at SAM, where Werner will be best in the NFL. However, he was the best available fit, and could give competition at the position.
Trade: Cleveland sends picks 110 and 257 to New Orleans for pick 98
98. Nico Collins, WR, Michigan, 6’4″, 215lbs, 9.56 RAS
Collins has elite athleticism and great size for an outside receiver. He has had limited production due to atrocious quarterback play. Collins can add value on special teams while contributing alongside Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones as the WR3-5, depending on how camp goes.
132. Marlon Tuipulotu, iDL, USC, 6’1″, 308lbs, 6.78 RAS
A versatile defensive tackle and who can play either 1-tech or 3-tech, Tuipulotu is good against the run and offers something as a pass rusher. He can fit into a defensive tackle rotation with Malik Jackson, Andrew Billings, Jordan Elliott, and former college teammate and earlier draft pick Jay Tufele. Both Jackson and Billings are on one year deals, and Elliot has not shown much yet, although they apparently like him internally. Tufele and Tuipulotu are both versatile and interchangeable, making for an interesting combination for years to come in the interior of this defensive line. Although they don’t need two defensive tackles, the value was too good at this selection to pass up.
186. Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa, 6’5″, 321lbs, 3.27 RAS
Jackson can offer versatility as a backup swing tackle to replace Kendall Lahm while also having the ability to play guard in a pinch.
211. Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas, 6’5″, 234lbs, 9.56 RAS
The Browns could cut salary for next season by releasing Case Keenum for only $1.3M dead cap, saving them $6.5M in space. They would use about $645,000 on the salary of this pick instead, and get a solid, developmental backup behind Baker Mayfield. Franks has accuracy issues and trouble reading defenses, but his arm talent is worth a shot as a late round pick.
All of these mock drafts had very different scenarios, but there were some similarities. Some of the players drafted in multiple mocks were:
Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan, 6’0″, 234lbs
Selected: 102 on The Draft Network, 96 on Pro Football Network
Marlon Tuipulotu, iDL, USC, 6’1″, 308lbs, 6.78 RAS
Selected: 89 on Pro Football Network, 132 on NFL Mock Draft Database
The only mock draft in which staying put was the best option was Pro Football Network, where Greg Newsome II fell to 26, something I find to be unlikely. Their options are hope someone falls to them, trade up (as was the scenario for NFL Mock Draft Database) or trade down (as in The Draft Network and PFF) to gain future assets. With the Browns only really needing a few key contributors on defense and perhaps help at receiver, the later rounds were able to be best player available, allowing the selection of falling players which helped these mocks in terms of depth. Any of these scenarios would be good outcomes for the Browns, and what you do mainly depends on what you are looking for, whether it be to trade up to select an elite defensive player, or trade back to collect future assets. All in all, the Cleveland Browns have many possibilities for their draft, and with 9 picks and not a lot of needs, they are in a good position to help bolster the depth of the roster.