Browns: The Athletic’s 7-round mock nets analytics gifts in mid rounds

Browns Jordan Smith (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Browns Tylan Wallace (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

Round 3, Pick 91, Tylan Wallace, WR, OK State

The Browns will almost certainly take a receiver in this draft, and this seems like a good spot. If you wait too long, the talent pool become severely diluted. By picking one here, you can still find a player who perhaps has one tremendous physical skill, while other parts of his game may need polished.

Well, Wallace has one of these elite trains, and it’s speed. The 6-foot receiver is a burner who has a reliable set of hands.

He checks the analytics card, as well, grading out as the highest graded receiver in his alignment (right-side WR). The highest graded receiver at left wide receiver and in the slot? Heisman winter Devonta Smith.

Wallace was a four-year player for the Cowboys, with the bulk of his stats comping between 2018-2020. He caught 205 balls for 3,434 yards (16.8 average) with 26 touchdowns.

Jackson’s pick here is about the future because one would think something got to give with Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham this offseason. It’s becoming expensive to carry these two wideouts, and unless some deals are restructured, it won’t be a surprise to see the Browns move on in 2022.

That means getting the next crop of players ready. Cleveland took Donovan Peoples-Jones in 2020 and he had a productive rookie season. Perhaps Wallace can have that same type of impact, as the weight of the world won’t be on his shoulders considering his place on the depth chart.