Browns 7-round mock draft: Free agency paves way for trade down

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With the Browns making moves in free agency, it’s a time to look at how the recent player movement may have impacted the NFL Draft with a new 7-round mock.

The Browns knocked free agency out of the park, adding speed and youth to a defense that desperately needed an upgrade to truly compete with the elite offenses of the AFC.

Andrew Berry kicked the start of the new league year off by signing John Johnson to fortify the safety position, while adding Troy Hill to settle the uncertainty created by Greedy Williams’ injury at corner. Berry also signed Colts’ free agent linebacker Anthony Parker.

The Browns re-signed a couple of their own free agents, such as Malcom Smith and Rashard Higgins.

All-in-all, not a bad job by Berry, who was working with around $24 million in cap space.

By making the moves he did, he took the pressure off the front office to draft for a particular position come April, when the draft commences on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland.

Here’s how free agency impacted with the Browns, with a look at new 7-round mock draft.