There is still plenty of talent on the board that the Cleveland Browns could use.
Heading into the third and final day of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have put together a nice draft class so far. On day one they drafted QB Baker Mayfield and CB Denzel Ward. On day two, Cleveland went with T Austin Corbett, RB Nick Chubb, and DE Chad Thomas.
With five picks going into the third day it should be about value but at the same time going the Browns can’t go wrong with the best player available. One pick that needs to happen and ideally early on is a wide receiver. An upgraded is needed opposite Josh Gordon and there is plenty of talent on the board still.
Looking ahead, there are some players surprisingly who have not yet been drafted. These players are the best available that Cleveland should consider:
Defensive tackle: Maurice Hurst, Michigan. Hurst is a first round caliber player but due to his medical (a heart condition), he has been dropping. Hurst has a quick burst off the ball and his ability to get after quarterbacks and stop the run is among the best at his position. The one downside though for him is he a bit undersized playing around 290 pounds.
Offensive tackle: Tyrell Crosby, Oregon. Although Cleveland already took Corbett in the second, there is nothing wrong with competition. He also can play both tackle spots and at the very least would be an upgrade along the line as a depth option thanks to run blocking ability.
Wide receiver: Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa. He is probably not going to get the publicity for the most part. Fountain can play the X or Z on the outside and at 6’1-6’2, can come in and be someone who surprises many. By the end of the fifth round, Fountain should be off the board.
Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame. At 6’5, there’s a lot to like. He could be on the outside from day one or play some slot, maybe both. I would want to see him improve upon creating more seperating while being defended in pres. He is arguably the top wideout on the board.
EDGE: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma. He is not a top avaiable player but depending on how things go, could make his way up the draft boards a bit quicker. Okoronkwo doesn’t do anything exceptionally great but can provide depth along the defensive line and outside linebacker. Okoronkwo can grow into a role while playing a key role on special teams.
Josh Sweat, Florida State. He is a defensive end but with how athletic he is and has shown what he could be, Sweat is better used as a hybrid piece. Unfortunately knee injuries dating back to high school have impacted his collegiate career but he has a lot of potential and could be the steal of the draft.
The third day begins today at noon. Go Browns!