Cleveland Browns rumors: Ezra Cleveland up, Mekhi Becton down?

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The latest Cleveland Browns rumors have the team giving more love to Ezra Cleveland while Mekhi Becton’s stock may be trending the wrong way.

In Cleveland Browns rumors there’s some more nuggets surrounding two prospects recently tied to the organization.

The stock of Boise State tackle Ezra Cleveland continues to increase. It was previously rumored that GM Andrew Berry was taking a liking to the prospect, and this nugget from NBC’s Peter King adds credibility when trying to figure out what the Browns are thinking, via NBC Sports.

King quoted an anonymous source who said “[The Browns] love the Boise tackle” and that the front office believes they can get him in the second round.

If that’s the plan, then a whole bunch of doors open up for the Browns with the 10th pick. Would they take Isaiah Simmons (I believe he won’t make it past the 7th pick, (Carolina). The most likely scenario I see is the Browns trading down, which is another rumor that seems to be picking up steam.

Perhaps the front office throws us all a curve ball. On paper, the wide receiving corps seems OK, although, our Chad Porto pointed out that recent Odell Beckham trade rumors should have the Browns thinking about a drafting a wide receiver. 

This year’s receiving class is highly regarded, so perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea, especially if they view Cleveland as their guy.

Considering the history of the organization when an analytically driven front office is calling the shots, it would be surprising if the Browns didn’t trade down.

Mekhi Becton made some news for the wrong reasons ahead of Thursday’s draft. Becton wowed at the combine with a ridiculous 40-time for an offensive lineman, but now that it’s come out that his drug test has been flagged, according to’s Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport’s Tweet stated Becton will go into Stage 1 of the NFL’s substance abuse program for no more than 30 days, as outlined by the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. He never failed a drug test in college.

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This has to be a huge red flag for Becton, especially considering the uncertainty around his stock.