Browns: 3-round mock draft nets two defensive starters

Browns Hamsah Nasirildeen
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2. Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

The selection of Hamsah Nasirldeen would certainly be what Browns’ defensive coordinator Joe Woods is looking for.

If Zaven Collins is available at No. 26, I expect the Browns to pass, and this pick highlights why wouldn’t take the Tulsa product.

Woods would love to employ a three-safety look to pair with two linebackers, so how could they spend a first-round pick on a player who, as a rookie, might not be able to be an every-down player?

As for Nasirildeen, he looks tailor-made for what the Browns want to do: He’s played deep middle free safety, but he’s also lined up as an outside linebacker near the line of scrimmage.

When Nasirldeen’s name is mentioned, I think of a player the Browns will ask to try and cover opposing tight end, a quagmire many a Cleveland coaching staffs have been unable to crack.

Nasirldeen played just two games in 2020. If he was asked to be a starting safety in a traditional free and strong scheme, he’d probably need some time to incubate. But with team’s going in three-team sets more and more often, he’s certainly capable of cracking the starting lineup, or accumulating a lot of snaps to slow down the opposition’s passing game.