Pro Football Focus predicts the Cleveland Browns will take the Alabama tackle, Jedrick Wills Jr. tenth overall in Thursday’s NFL Draft.
Pro Football Focus has become one of the most trusted, relied upon and sourced websites going for all of the football fandoms. Why? No clue, they’re different than anyone. Yet, their predictions, stats, and quotes carry weight. How much weight is up for debate. Their prediction of Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills coming to Cleveland isn’t wholly unique, as another major outlet is predicting the same thing.
That other outlet is none other than the Cleveland Browns’ own website, ClevelandBrowns.com. Now, let’s be clear, ClevelandBrowns.com is owned by the Browns and the NFL. They are given stories, angles, and interviews to do from those on-high in order to build the brand. They are in the know.
Yet, that doesn’t mean that they know who the Browns are targeting. As a website, they too post content exclusively to generate clicks. So this is nothing more than one writer’s well-informed opinions on a mock draft. It is interesting however that both PFF and Browns.com are both predicting Wills, however. With draft experts like Mel Kiper having the Browns taking Mekhi Becton at the pick, and other rumors suggesting that the Browns could trade down to get Ezra Cleveland or could trade to get Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, it’s impossible to know for sure what the Browns intend on doing.
The team may just go get the best player available if it fits a need. A linebacker, safety, or even a defensive tackle are all positions the team needs help at. Yes, the offensive tackle position needs improvement, but recent signing Jack Conklin has shown to be a great all-around blocker at right tackle. With the evolution of the modern NFL game, the right tackle has to be every bit as talented and as athletic as a left tackle. Would he replace Joe Thomas? No, but no one can.
The Browns have upgraded their pass blocking already this offseason with fullback Andy Janovich, Conklin and tight end Austin Hooper. Yes, only one offensive lineman but two other players at skilled positions who can be involved in both blocking and receiving. So even if they don’t take an offensive lineman in the first round, the team still should be better keeping franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield off the turf.
They still need at least two starters from this draft on the offensive line, however. There are some great second and third-day options if the team isn’t sold on any of the top tackles. As for Wills, if the team doesn’t go with Tristan Wirfs, or trade back to get Cleveland, then Wills would be a fine selection if the team stands pat at No 10 overall.