Instant reaction to the latest mock draft from Tony Grossi, who didn’t waver on the Cleveland Browns biggest 2020 NFL Draft need.
Many prognosticators have four offensive tackles going in the top 10 of the 2020 NFL Draft, as the Cleveland Browns are expected to pick between the third or fourth best tackle remaining.
Not TheLandonDemand’s Tony Grossi, as the longtime Browns’ scribe believes Cleveland will be able to pick whomever they want with the 10th overall pick in the draft.
For Grossi, the top of the draft is altered by the Miami Dophins moving up from No. 5 to 3 in order to select Tua Tagovaioloa. Detroit, in turn, takes Buckeye corner Jeff Okudah with the fifth pick.
Grossi forecasted a major change for the Giants. Rather than having their pick of the litter of the offensive tackle position, the longtime Browns scribe predicted Dave Gettleman will go with Isaiah Simmons, rather than a tackle. He mocked Mekhi Becton to New York a week ago.
Now, Beckton and Thomas have to wait for the top 10 to play out before their names are called.
Reaction: Grossi goes bold in Mock Draft 3.0, because everyone is guessing the Giants will pick a lineman at No. 10. That said, the same consternation fans share over Isaiah Simmons rings true for New York.
Does Gettleman take a lineman or a potential game-changer on the defensive side of the ball in Simmons?
As for Grossi’s guess and the Browns, it’s a good pick. Wirfs will please a lot of fans who wanted to improve the offensive line this offseason.
I may be learning toward Thomas more at this point, but I’d quckly jump on the Wirfs wagon. I’d also be fine with Jedrick Wills, although I have reservations regarding Becton. I’m not a believer analytics tells the whole story, but the fact he was left off PFF’s analytics draft continues to puzzle me.
You just can’t take a “Project” with the 10th pick. Whomever Cleveland selects at No. 10 has to be ready to start from day one, and I think the moves the team made on the offensive line back that up.
The line’s been upgraded with the addition of Jack Conklin at right tackle. Restructuring Chris Hubbard’s deal is also a solid move because now, they’ve got someone who can fill in, and we all know someone will get hurt at some point.
– He’s got the Chargers going with quarterback Jacob Eason, although he said the Chargers could trade down. I don’t see Eason going in the top 10.
– Would anyone really be surprised if Tua falls on draft night? He’s suffered multiple injuries in school, and even before his latest setback, there were questions about whether his game would translate in the NFL.
– Call me crazy, but I view the Dolphins as the 2016-2018 Browns. They’re tanking, and the prize is Trevor Lawrence in next year’s draft.
Maybe the Chargers, with a quarterback room of Tyrod Taylor and Easton Stick feel the same way. If you’re going to lose, why burn the pick on quarterback?
– Grossi has the Panthers taking a defensive tackle (Derrick Brown), rather than their choice of a tackle with the seventh pick. As a Browns fan, I hope it works out this way.