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

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Round 1, Pick 26 (trade down to 35), Jayson Oweh, Penn State

Andrew Berry’s actions in free agency have forties the secondary, as well as defense end. By inking John Johnson, Troy Hill and Takk McKinley to contracts, the Browns won’t be pigeon holed into drafting for one position.

Edge and corner were two glaring needs, and the Browns may still take one of those, but now, the need isn’t as great.

The moves made in free agency really afford the Browns an opportunity to trade down, because, chances are, if there’s someone you really like at No. 26, you can probably get him in the low 30s.

With this in mind, I think a trade with the Falcons is something to watch. Atlanta owns the fourth pick, and with Matt Ryan still in the mix, I can see the Falcons addressing another position, while addressing the quarterback-of-the-future spot after on.

By dropping to 35, the Browns select Jayson Oweh, an intriguing edge rusher out of Penn State. Read about his physical tools from just about any writer, and you’ll be convinced he’ll be the next Myles Garrett.

Setting more realistic expectations, Oweh can eased into the edge spot, now that Takk McKinley is a member of the roster. The good teams have depth and this move sets up the Browns now, as well as in the future.

At No. 26, the Falcons would make their play for a quarterback. Mac Jones or Trey Lance may still be available and would benefit from sitting behind Ryan. It’d be something to see them steal Oregon tackle Penei Sewell out from under the Bengals with the fourth pick.

The Browns pick up an additional fourth rounder for dropping into the second round.