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 Cleveland Browns Draft Review


 

Team Needs: QB WR OL





 
 
 

Selections:


Rd 1. 15 Corey Coleman WR Baylor

Rd 2. 32 Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State

Rd 3. 65 Carl Nassib DE Penn State

Rd 3. 76 Shon Coleman OT Auburn

Rd 3. 93 Cody Kessler QB USC

Rd 4. 99 Joe Schobert OLB Wisconsin

Rd 4. 114 Ricardo Louis WR Auburn

Rd 4. 129 Derrick Kindred FS TCU

Rd 4. 138 Seth Devalve TE Princeton

Rd 5. 154 Jordan Payton WR UCLA

Rd 5. 168 Spencer Drango OG Baylor

Rd 5. 172 Rashard Higgins WR Colorado State

Rd 5. 173 Trey Caldwell CB Louisiana-Monroe

Rd 7. 250 Scooby Wright ILB Arizona State


Recap:

The Browns were active during the 2016 draft. The team traded more than any team in recent memory starting with their move down from 2nd overall to 8th overall in the week preceding the draft. One would imagine that the new coaching staff was not enamored with either quarterback prospect or they would have either stayed put or traded up to #1 overall. The haul they got will set the front office up to control the next few drafts and allow Cleveland to take almost any available prospect in 2017. After trading out of the top ten Cleveland selected Corey Coleman. The big play receiver from Baylor was considered a reach by many analysts at 15 but he does offer the most dynamic skill set of any of this draft class’s receivers. Emmanuel Ogbah is a great defensive end prospect that could have gone much earlier than 32. Were the order of those two players reversed - an unlikely scenario - no one would have said anything bad about the Browns first two picks. In the third round the Browns selected Carl Nassib, Shon Coleman, and Cody Kessler. Nassib, along with Ogbah, figures to improve the defensive line depth and ability, although he is not likely to play as much as Ogbah early/ Shon Coleman should win the starting right tackle job despite being a natural left tackle. He was the team’s best value pick in this draft. Cody Kessler will be given a chance to compete for the starting job but he is unlikely to keep the Browns from selecting a quarterback in future drafts. Joe Schobert adds a workmanlike presence on the edge of the Browns defense while Ricardo Louis has the potential to develop into a good underneath receiver if he can keep his focus and eliminate the dropped balls. Derrick Kindred is a good athlete that has a chance to be the team’s dimeback this year, and a special teams stalwart. Seth Devalve could find the field in multiple tight end situations and will be an interesting project to watch develop. Jordan Payton has enough upside to make the team as a 5th receiver and might even be more pro ready than Louis. Spencer Drango will provide depth along the interior line. Rashard Higgins could make it four rookie receivers for the Browns on opening day, a position they needed to upgrade. Trey Caldwell looks suited for the practice squad while Scoobey Wright could find a spot as the team’s 7th or 8th linebacker. Wright offers the most upside of any of their late round selections.

Analysis:

  1. The new regime in Cleveland was expected to be aggressive in trading down. What they did, however, was recognize the lack of talent on this team and start to improve it from the bottom of the roster. I could see 15 rookies making this team in 2016.

  2. The day after drafting Cody Kessler, Browns Head Coach claimed that he would be expected to compete for the starting job. While true, it isn’t likely sincere as Kessler needs a lot of work to become an NFL level quarterback.

  3. The Browns obviously don’t like what they have at receiver. With 4 total selections spent on the position the front office is looking to increase the competition, add some depth and athleticism, and hopefully catch lightning in a bottle with at least 1 of them.

  4. Bonus: Cleveland has extra picks in the first and second round next year. With neither the Browns nor the Eagles expected to be very good the team could have two top ten selections.

Grade: A+



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