2019 NFL Draft: 5 players Cleveland Browns should pick in 2nd round

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5. Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

One corner worth the risk with the 49th pick would be Auburn’s Jamel Dean, who just ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine earlier this month.

Dean’s stock got one of the biggest Combine boosts, as he was projected to picked between the third and fifth rounds when the college season had ended. After his showcase though, Dean started being talked about as a second rounder.

Dean enters the draft as a two-year starter for the Tigers. Pro Football Focus gave him an 80.8 overall grade after he had two interceptions, nine pass break ups and 30 tackles. Quarterbacks had a 60.0 passer rating when targeting him.

Interestingly, Dean had signed to play collegiatley with Ohio State, however he tore his ACL in his right knee during his final high school season. OSU wouldn’t medically clear him to play, so he transferred to Auburn. He then tore the ACL in his left knee during Auburn’s 2016 fall camp.

Tough breaks, yet the kid just keeps working his way back into the conversation.

Adding a corner, along with a strong safety remain the Browns’ biggest needs entering the draft following the trades that upgraded receiver, defensive tackle and the EDGE position.

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Terrance Mitchell is still slated to start opposite Denzel Ward, but having Dean’s upside as a one-day starter would do wonders for the depth chart.