The Cleveland Browns will have a busy second day of the NFL Draft, as the franchise has two picks in the second and third rounds. Here’s 10 player they must consider.
With the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft soon to be underway, the Browns can add to what was an impressive first-round hall.
Cleveland traded pick No. 33, the first pick in the second round, to trade up for Miami tight end David Njoku. However, Cleveland still has the 52nd pick (via Tennessee). Here’s who they should target.
1. DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame: Pundits are claiming that the Browns have punted on the quarterback position until 2018, yet Kizer remains available. Perhaps Sashi Brown and the gang get the prospect they’ve coveted all along? Remember, this is a kid who was once mocked to the Browns with the 12th overall pick. At one time, it was thought Kizer was the best quarterback available.
He has franchise quarterback potential, but his 4-8 record as a starter at Nore Dame in 2016 hurt his stock. Would love to see the Toledo, Ohio native develop under Hue Jackson, where the pressure wouldn’t be as great as second-round pick.
2. Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma: Remember when the reports were emanating of the Browns welcoming Mixon to their Berea, Ohio based headquarters?
There’s no defending what he did on camera, but try and look at this selection through the Browns’ point of view: Mixon is a first-round talent who’s been devalued by several team because of his off-the-field actions.
The analytically driven Browns front office has to see Mixon as a first-rounder they might be able to scoop up with the 55th pick. That’s why they had to host Mixon in Berea. They had to get to know the man, for just this instance.
The 6-foot-1 product from USC isn’t afraid of contact. He’s a former safety and he’d be a solid possession receiver in Cleveland’s offense. Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman on the outside, Smith-Schuster in the slot, Njoku at tight end. Those are weapons.
4. Obi Melifonwu, S, UCONN: The Browns shore up the safety position with the selection of this 6-foot-4 speed freak. With Melifonwu in the mix, and Peppers already in the fold, the Browns will have transformed their safety spot with an influx of athletic talent.
5. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: The eventual replacement for Joe Haden comes from Haden’s Alma Mater. Wilson had impressive stats starting for Flordia, allowing an NFL passer rating of 29.9 on throws into his coverage. Plus, he can make plays, as he intercepted 3 balls, an impressive number considering only 49 balls were thrown his way.