Cleveland Browns 2017 Draft Review

1st/1 Myles Garrett, DE

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 272 School: Texas A&M

While there was plenty of talk about Mitchell Trubisky being the Browns selection at number one, Cleveland took the consensus top prospect in the draft in Myles Garret. A generational type player Garrett has the athletic ability and skill set to take over games. In defensive coordinator Gregg Williams aggressive blitzing scheme Garrett could find instant success as he will be turned loose to attack the quarterback.

 

1st/25 Jabrill Peppers, S

Ht.: 5’11 Wt.: 213 School: Michigan

In Gregg Williams aggressive attacking style defense Peppers’ versatility will be counted on as he’ll be matched up with different receivers and tight ends to go along with their exotic blitzes. Peppers showed to be a playmaker as a return man and gadget player on offense while the Browns hope that can translate to the defense as he plays full time at safety reacting to the ball in the air.

 

1st/29 David Njoku, TE

Ht.: 6’4 Wt.: 246 School: Miami

The benefits of coming into the draft with eleven draft picks is it allows Cleveland to see a talented prospect like Njoku and be able to trade up to get him. While Njoku is still an unfinished prospect he gives the Browns and athletic weapon at tight end who is a dangerous after the catch. Tight end became a big need after Gary Barnidge failed to build off an impressive 2015.

 

2nd/52 DeShone Kizer, QB

Ht.: 6’4 Wt.: 233 School: Notre Dame

Kizer passes the eye test on what a NFL Franchise quarterback is supposed to look like but after a down season in 2016 questions were raised if Kizer has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback. Falling to the middle of the second round reduces the expectations and can allow Kizer to develop under Head Coach Hue Jackson who is considered to be one of the better quarterback developers.

 

3rd/65 Larry Ogunjobi, DT

Ht.: 6’3 Wt.: 305 School: Charlotte

Danny Shelton has lived up to being the 12th overall pick in 2015 providing an inside presence, but after playing 748 snaps and the Browns moving to a four man front he needs help. Ogunjobi can line up at the 3 technique next to Shelton taking up blocks allowing the linebackers and ends to get more one on one blocks.

 

4th/126 Howard Wilson, CB

Ht.: 6’1 Wt.: 184 School: Houston

An explosive athlete Wilson thrives coming forward making plays on the ball including five interceptions in 2016. Wilson’s ability to play the ball in the air make him a tremendous fit in the Browns scheme as he’s able to sit back and react to the ball in the air while the front seven is getting pressure.

 

5th/160 Roderick Johnson, OT

Ht.: 6’7 Wt.: 298 School: Florida State

Blessed with good size and long arms Johnson is the prototypical looking offensive tackle but issues with flexibility cause him to have poor technique which results in missed blocks. With a strong offensive line in place Johnson can sit and learn under Joe Thomas and possible develop into a starter down the road.

 

6th/185 Caleb Brantley, DT

Ht.: 6’3 Wt.: 307 School: Florida

Brantley has shown flashes of dominance over his career at Florida but fell to the sixth round because of inconsistencies and an assault charge from late April. If Cleveland can get his motor to run more consistently and he can stay out of trouble the Browns could have found a starter in the late rounds.

 

7th/224 Zane Gonzalez, K

Ht.: 6’1 Wt.: 202 School: Arizona State

Without a reliable kicker on the roster the Browns were able to land the top rated kicker in the draft. Gonzalez is coming off a stellar college career as he leaves Arizona State as the FBS record holder with most field goals and most points by a kicker.

 

7th/252 Matthew Dayes, RB

Ht.: 5’9 Wt.: 205 School: North Carolina State

A second team All ACC running back Matthew Dayes was a do it all back for the Wolfpack rushing for 1,166 yards and ten touchdowns in 2016. Cleveland’s backfield is far from set and with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield Dayes could carve out a role early.

 

Best Pick

Garrett (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Brantley (sixth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

Loaded with picks and needing infuse talent into the roster Cleveland was able to move around and target talent at each pick of the draft. Myles Garrett will get all the attention next season but the Browns taking DeShone Kizer in the second round could be their answer at quarterback.

Grade: A+

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