Three players the Cleveland Browns should consider trading up for during the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
1. Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama: One man showed up for the first round and didn’t get his name called–Christian Barmore. The Alabama defensive tackle can’t possibly last long in the second round, so what about a trade up for the defensive tackle?
Barmore took over the national title game, causing fits for Ohio State’s offensive line. He can generate a pash rush from the interior and will take on his star of blockers.
If the Browns are truly going to challenge Patrich Mahomes and the Chiefs, the defense must control the game at the line of scrimmage, now that the cornerback room is shored up.
GM Andrew Berry has been aggressive, but he didn’t need to be in Day 1 with Greg Newsome falling into the Browns’ lap. Now he can swing a deal to bolster the front four.
For what it’s worth, I don’t see Barmore gettin past No. 35 (Jets).
2. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame: Every mocked draft I ever looked at in the lead-up to Thursday had the Notre Dame prospect going in the first round, but anything can happen in day one, and Owusu-Kormoah was left out.
It’s been heavily reported locally how the Browns want deploy three safeties on defense, with two linebackers on the field. Alas, having Owusu-Koramoah on the field tranlsates into having someone who can cover like a defensive back playing linebacker.
For what it’s worth, I don’t see him getting past Miami (36th) and definitely not the Jets (37th).
3. Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU: If you stop by here regularly, you know I’ve been banging the drum regularly for Marshall. This prospect looks the part and can win one-on-battles. Plus, something’s got to give with the Browns receiver situation following the season, as Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. probably won’t be earring a combined $30 million next season.
Could see Marshall going 47th to the Chargers or 49th to the Rams.