Cleveland Browns: Looking at a perfect fantasy mock draft for 2020

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The Cleveland Browns are on the clock at No. 10 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, but will they stay there? Let’s look at the perfect mock draft scenario

The Cleveland Browns will have a lot of work to do to improve this team quickly and efficiently through this year’s NFL Draft. Trades will need to be made, sacrifices will have to be offered up and talent may need to be moved to improve this team drastically to the point of playoff contention for 2020. This mock draft is an ideal situation from one point of view.

Luckily the team is in a good place so there aren’t a lot of huge moves that need to happen but we’re going to have them happen anyway. The idea is leaving this draft with every hole plugged, more or less. That means safeties, defensive line, linebackers, tackle, guard and positional depth are all a priority.

Let’s start with two big trades.

Make trades in round one

Trade the No. 10 overall pick to San Francisco for No. 13 and No. 31

Keep in mind, these are the “perfect” scenarios, not the most likely. First, the best-case scenario would see the Browns taking advantage of the San Francisco 49ers’ desires to get a stud wideout. A second-round or a late first-round should be enough to motivate the pick swap. Some will argue that no team will give up a first-round pick to jump up three spots. To that I’d say; actually some would. It all depends on the desperation of the team to get that specific player, as well as the hype and demand that pick is gaining. With everyone seemingly wanting to move to No. 10 overall, there’s demand. If there’s a demand that means the price goes up.

Selling the hell out of the interest is going to be key here.

Trade Odell Beckham Jr and a 2021 4th-round pick to Minnesota for No. 22 overall and Anthony Harris

Now, this was just a rumor that was “shot down” but you have to remember that you can never trust an NFL executive. Well, really any sports exec you can’t trust. They’re always trying to game the system somehow. Anyone who ever takes a GM’s word when asked a question on talent hasn’t been doing this long enough to realize that GM’s, and anyone really in sports, simply use the media to spin messages and work the room; so to speak.

Beckham and a 4th rounder should be enough to get the 22nd overall pick and Anthony Harris. Harris, the Vikings Pro Bowl safety, is on a Franchise Tag for Minnesota and is unhappy about it. Beckham is signed through 2023 and there have been about five different trade rumors since September. Too much smoke to not think there’s a fire.

The added years on Beckham’s deal is enough to justify the 22nd pick, with next year’s 4th from the Browns serving as the extra kicker. For this trade, I could justify a third-round pick, but let’s go with a fourth for now.