Browns writer Tony Grossi has drawn up his first 2021 mock draft.
The Browns are sitting comfortably as other teams sort out the chaos of their rosters.
Russell Wilson, Mr. Seahawk, seems intent on playing his way out of Seattle. Deshaun Watson still looms over Houston and the NFL world is awaiting J.J. Watt’s decision.
The Browns are still in the Watt sweepstakes, but until J.J. decides, the Browns can’t make any serious roster moves until free agency commences come mid March.
That period will dramatically change mock drafts, as teams will fill needs by signing players and other team needs become more pressing.
But for now, TheLandonDemand’s Tony Grossi keeps with the trends I’ve been seeing in the mock draft world, by selecting a corner for the Browns with the 26th pick.
Another tenured local media member, Zac Jackson, recently mocked a corner to the Athletic. Todd McShay had long ago pegged a defensive back for the Browns.
Grossi has the Browns picking Georgia’s Tyson Campbell. Grossi, known as “The General,” noted that Campbell is strong and physical. He also made the point that with higher rated defensive ends off the board, Campbell would be the pick.
It’s the point I made with Jackson’s mock just a day ago. With the Browns being good and picking so low, they’re not picking from the cream of the crop any longer.
Other notes on Grossi Browns mock:
1. Quarterbacks, quarterbacks, quarterbacks. Grossi mocked four quarterbacks going among the top eight picks and had five being selected overall in the first round.
2. He has BYUs Zach Wilson going second to the Jets, with Justin Fields returning to his home state to play for the Falcons at No. 4.
3. North Dakota State’s Trey Lance was mocked to the Panthers with the 8th pick.
4. Mac Jones is Grossi’s final QB off the board. He has the Patriots taking him at No. 15
5. Grossi predicted the Steelers and Ravens will both take tackles, with Pittsburgh picking Jalen Mayfield (24) and Baltimore selecting Alex Leatherwood (27). Grossi noted that Baltimore will likely have traded lineman Orlando Brown prior to the draft.
6. Tulsa’s Zaven Collins, a player Browns have been hearing a lot about, will be long gone by the time Cleveland picks. Grossi slotted him at No. 18 to the Dolphins.
7. As Grossi noted, his mock may be the only one that doesn’t have Heisman winner DeVonta Smith re-uniting with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami. Grossi forecasted LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase would be the pick for Miami at No. 3.
8. Smith does land with a former college teammate, though. Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia (6th pick.).