Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cleveland Browns from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Cleveland Browns, check out our 2021 Cleveland Browns Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Browns:

Rotoworld - Thor Nystrom (8/21)

18. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Moses is another interesting draft case. A former five-star recruit, Moses flashed star upside (amid inconsistencies, especially in coverage) his first two years before tearing an ACL prior to his junior season in 2019. He's got plenty of range in run defense, and has a high career pressure rate when sent on the blitz. If there isn't a college season this fall and Moses declares anyway, he'll be hoping a team gambles on his ceiling, as he would be coming off a two-year layoff in 2021 and has never put it all together.

PFF - Mike Renner (8/19)

18. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Moore will have only played 185 snaps in his two years before being drafted, but he still won't fall too far. He put up one of the most incredible freshman receiving seasons in college football history, with 114 catches for 1,258 yards, 12 scores and 37 broken tackles after the catch. There's no reason to think that the 5-foot-9 receiver will simply be pigeonholed into the slot in the NFL, too, as he racked up 263 yards on 57 routes as a split-out wide receiver.

The Draft Network - Kyle Crabbs (8/19)

17. Jaylen Twyman, IDL, Pittsburgh

The Browns would probably love to add some linebacker help here but the value just isn't right after the early run on Parson and Moses. As a result, the Browns pluck the 3-tech they've been missing on their roster for the last few seasons -- and get a terrific penetration presence to step in alongside Myles Garrett to help further boost the pass-rush.

Pro Football Network - Oliver Hodgkinson (8/16)

16. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

The additions of Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin over the 2020 off-season means there should be increased protection for Baker Mayfield this season, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Cleveland Browns address the interior offensive line in the 2021 NFL Draft. Multiple defensive starters are coming up for contract extensions, with edge rusher and linebacker being potential areas of need.

A former 3-star recruit playing for a team that isn't traditionally an NFL Draft powerhouse, Carlos Basham can fly under the radar in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, with an ability to contribute in both run defense and pass rush from multiple positions across the offensive line, there is no reason to believe that he won't be a consideration as a mid-to-late first-round selection.

ESPN - Todd McShay (8/12)

16. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

The Browns do need a third wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, but even with plenty of high-end options available, I don't see them investing a top-20 pick on one with the aforementioned duo already in town. Linebacker and some cornerback depth also make sense, but considering Olivier Vernon is trying to bounce back from an underwhelming 2019 season and is a free agent after this coming season, Cleveland should fixate on edge rushing here. Myles Garrett is one of the best in the business and is now locked up for the long term, but his game benefits from having more talent around him.

While Basham isn't a big name in college football, NFL scouts love him. He's 6-foot-5, very athletic and shows the power to finish off the edge -- what's not to love?

The Draft Network - Jordan Reid (8/10)

17. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

With holes at both linebacker and interior offensive line, Andrew Berry takes a bit of a roll of the dice with Moses. Prior to tearing his ACL, the Crimson Tide second-level defender was set to be one of the top defensive names in the country. Entering this season in a similar situation, Moses will have to prove that his durability isn't an issue as he also transitions to a new position as a MIKE linebacker. If able to check all of the requisite boxes, he could position himself to be the second linebacker off of the board.

Pro Football Network - Matthew Valdovinos (8/9)

16. Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Cleveland already had success selecting an Ohio State cornerback when they drafted Denzel Ward in the 2018 NFL Draft. They then drafted LSU's Greedy Williams to play opposite of Ward, but Williams struggled as a rookie.

Even if he has a bounce-back season this year, the Browns have a massive need in the slot, and I think Wade has the talent to be the best slot corner in the NFL. He's very good near the line of scrimmage, both playing the run and blitzing, and he's athletic and aggressive enough to play bump and run or off-zone on the inside.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (8/3)

17. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

The Browns just may not value the linebacker position, but even so, it's hard to be satisfied with the unproven options currently slated to compete for starting jobs. After a season without the likes of Joe Schobert patrolling the second level of the defense, the Browns could think twice about having such underwhelming options.

Moses represents incredible value at this point in the draft. He is a physical presence that combines his ability to play into the line of scrimmage with outstanding range and ability to win in coverage.

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