The Cleveland Browns should target these five dark horse players during the later rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Cleveland Browns have nine picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, with five selections coming in the top 64. That leaves Cleveland with four picks coming in the third round and after.
After taking the 64th pick, the Browns don’t pick again until Round 4 (114th overall). From there, they have to wait until the fifth round (150).
The team has two sixth-round picks (175, 188).
While the talent pool is greatly diminished by the time the fourth round rolls around, there’s still some diamonds in the rough to be discovered.
Here’s five prospects the Browns should consider toward the end of the draft.
1. Tegray Scales, MLB, Indiana
Projected round: 5th
Don’t forget Tegray Scales‘ 2016 season, when he led the nation with 23.5 tackles for a loss. He doesn’t have elite size, which is why he’ll fall in the draft, but there’s no doubting his instructs.
As a senior, Scales garnered second-team All-Big Ten recognition and totaled 12.5 tackles for a loss.
He’s praised for taking good angles to ball carriers, which can be chalked up to those aforementioned football instincts.
In addition to playing middle linebacker, there were times Indiana lined him up on the EDGE as a blitzer.
Scales received a combine invite and also recently attended local pro day workouts with the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts. Scales is a Cincinnati native and attended Indiana University.
The Browns have Joe Schobert at middle linebacker, and the Wisconsin product is coming off a Pro Bowl Season. Schobert amassed over 100 tackles last season, but few were for a loss.
Schobert is a solid player, but even with him in the fold, Cleveland needs to give the middle linebacker position some love, and Scales would be a player worth taking a look at.