Cleveland Browns 2020 NFL Draft: Is a tackle still the best pick at 10?

Cleveland Browns Mekhi Becton (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Mekhi Becton (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns have holes everywhere on the team, so with the recent additions to the team, is a tackle still the best option in the 2020 NFL Draft?

Let’s be clear about one thing, the team needs offensive line help in the 2020 NFL Draft. That’s not a debate. For the Cleveland Browns to have an offense that they’re capable of having, that needs to be addressed in the first three rounds. Yet, does that mean it needs to be addressed at the tenth pick?

The Cleveland Browns solidified their run game in the offseason with TE Austin Hooper, FB Andy Janovich, and OT Jack Conklin. The most linemen name since Jeremy Trueblood of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

One could argue with all the hype around the offensive tackle prospects, there still isn’t a bonafide obvious guy. That’s concerning. There’s always someone who sticks out, usually. Yet, with all the love that Mekhi Becton gets from Mel Kiper, he’s not the unanimous pick. Remember, Kiper is bad at his job. He once argued for why the Colts made the wrong move picking Marshall Faulk, the greatest running back of his generation (until LaDanian Tomilson came along) over Trent Dilfer.

So no, I’m not that interested in hearing what “professional” drat “experts” have to say about Becton. For as much love as Becton gets, Tristan Wirfs is still out grading him in most draft prospect ratings

It’s safe to say there might be at least one “elite” tackle that falls to the second round. So, if the perfect non-linemen lands at number ten, do the Browns change course? If a Chase Young, Isiah Simmons or even a CeeDee Lamb falls to ten, should the Browns consider it?

I think it would be foolish to not consider it. Especially if it’s Simmons. The team has so many holes still, but far less than before free agency started. The Browns really did a great job solidifying the team with younger free agents. The team doesn’t need a tackle at ten anymore, but they would be fools to not consider taking their guy at the position if he’s there. That’s the mantra they should have, take their highest-rated guy on your board. If it’s Simmons, Wirfs, Becton, whoever. If he’s the number one guy on the draft board, regardless of position, take him.

This Browns’ team does feel more put together and competent than in years past. Maybe this is the year they get it right no matter who they take first?

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