What draft grades have the media given to the Cleveland Browns? What are they saying about the Browns' 2023 draft haul?
NFL.com - Grade: B
Jones' pure size makes him a promising swing tackle. McGuire provides some power as a backup defensive end. Thompson-Robinson played a lot of college football but still has upside to cultivate. Wypler's value in the sixth round was too strong to pass on.
ESPN - Grade: B+
Some teams had a higher grade on wideout Cedric Tillman (74) than his Tennessee teammate Jalin Hyatt, who went a pick before him. Tillman was limited by an ankle injury last season, but at 6-foot-3, he can go up and get a 50-50 ball. Siaki Ika (98) is a 335-pound run-plugger of a defensive tackle. He isn't going to get many sacks, but he'll eat up blockers. Dawand Jones (111) is a mountain of a man who could develop into the starting right tackle. Isaiah McGuire (126) can be a rotational pass-rusher as a rookie. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (140) is a solid dual-threat, developmental quarterback. Luke Wypler (190) actually is my third-ranked center; I thought he might go two rounds before Cleveland got him.
Again, for what Berry had in this draft, he did a great job. He never reached, and he used his selections on premium positions.
SI - Grade: C+
PFF - Grade: A-
The Browns have made it a priority to improve the interior of their defensive line this offseason, and they continue that with the addition of Ika here. A mountain of a man at 358 pounds, he isn't just a run defender, registering a 76.4 PFF pass-rushing grade in 2022.
Day 3: There were questions about Jones' conditioning/commitment that likely contributed to his slide down boards, but there's a lot of reason to bet on Jones' talent at this stage of the draft. His size and length afford him room for error, and he has enough movement ability at his size to have success as a starter. Jones earned 80-plus PFF grades as the Buckeyes' starting right tackle in each of the last two seasons.
Cleveland adds a good power rusher to complement Myles Garrett. He has NFL size and power with the potential to be a plus run defender. Despite average burst off the edge, he put up an 84.5 true pass-rush grade in 2022.
Thompson-Robinson is the definition of a "gamer," a classic football cliche, with the desire to make something out of nothing on seemingly every snap. This can work against him, of course, with a lot of turnover-worthy plays as a result. However, his 77.4% adjusted completion percentage ranked 15th in college football and he offers great rushing ability.
Cleveland adds another Northwestern cornerback on top of 2021 first-rounder Greg Newsome II. Mitchell did well to match wide receivers stride for stride in trail technique in college, and he's a willing tackler with a 76.0 run-defense grade.
Wypler was the 54th-ranked player on the PFF big board, making this one of the better value selections in the draft in our eyes. He earned 79.0-plus PFF grades in each of his seasons as a starter for the Buckeyes, excelling as a zone run blocker (89th percentile over the last two seasons) specifically. Pair that with plus athleticism, and this looks like a steal for Cleveland.
Fox Sports - Grade: B+
USA Today - Grade: D
The Ringer - Grade: C+
Sporting News - Grade: B
Touchdown Wire - Grade: B
The Browns did an outstanding job of getting prospects who can help them on the field right away. That's impressive if you have a couple of first-round picks. Here, it's hard not to give this class an A+. The only thing knocking the grade down is that the quarterback who cost them all those picks might be washed.
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