Cleveland Browns: Mock draft round-up sees offensive tackle trending

Cleveland Browns D.K. Metcalf (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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A recent mock draft-round up showed that perhaps the national media really isn’t in-step with what the Cleveland Browns should do in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In a recent mock draft round-up, five prognosticators have the Cleveland Browns selecting an offensive tackle with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The round-up, compiled by’s Andrew Gribble.

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Three writers thought the Browns would be wise to choose Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford. Ford played for the Sooners when Mayfield was quarterback Oklahoma in  2017.

Kyle Kahler of The MMQB, Will Brinson, of CBS Sports, and Charlie Campbell, of Walter Football, also listed Ford as the Browns choice.’s Bucky Brooks and CBS’ Ryan Wilson thinks the Browns will select Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams.

Verdict: Nationally, it’s pretty common to see mock drafters giving the Browns a left tackle. I’m not no sure that’s the way John Dorsey will go.

If there were a slam dunk tackle to be had, then fine.

But, Ford’s a project at left tackle. He started at right tackle in his final year at Oklahoma

Williams has played don the left side the past two years, but even then, experts aren’t certain where he’ll play on the line in 2019.

I’m not sure the national media really paid attention to how the Browns finished the season at left tackle last season. Greg Williams stepped into the position halfway through the year and played well, evidenced by Baker Mayfield getting sacked a lot less.

Desmond Harrison is still on the team, and he has potential. By no means should the Browns give up on him.

The Browns shouldn’t ignore the left tackle spot, but Robinson’s play suggest the Browns can fill a bigger need come draft day.

SB Nationa’s Dan Kadar thinks MIssissippi State’s Jeffrey Simmons will be the Browns’ play at 17.

He had 18 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks last season.

Verdict: It’s a position of need and would make sense for Cleveland to take Simmons.’s Lance Zierlein projected LSU linebacker Devin White to the Browns at 17. In the past two years, White had 256 tackles and 25.5 tackles for a loss.

Verdict: Linebacker may be where the Browns are weakest at heading into free agency.

Finally, two writers think wide receiver D.K. Metcalf will be the choice at 17. CBS’ Chris Trapasso has Metcalf, who missed the second half of last season with a neck injury, to be the first receiver off the board.

USA Today’s Luke Easterling also had Metcalf going to Cleveland.

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Verdict: The Browns receiving corps looks good enough. Cleveland shouldn’t take such  huge risk.