Cleveland Browns 7-Round Mock Draft and Predictions

I hate mock drafts and by draft day the last thing I want to do is read another one. But it’s also the day I reserve to release my yearly 7-round Cleveland Browns mock draft.

There’s no point, other than clicks, to release 10 versions of a mock draft. It’s fun for a while, but I prefer to find my guys throughout the pre-draft process and then present my work.

Before we get to the picks, here are some things I think, in no particular order:

  • Laquon Treadwell will be their pick if Joey Bosa is off the board, or if they trade down
  • I don’t like Paxton Lynch, and I’ll be shocked if the Browns pick him
  • Myles Jack will slide out of the Top 10
  • I don’t believe Sashi Brown when he said he doesn’t want to take a young passer
  • There’s a 0% chance the Browns draft an offensive lineman in the first 2 rounds
  • Ezekiel Elliott will not be their pick, at any pick number
  • Carson Wentz is still going No.-1 overall to St. Louis

 

Consider them “hot takes” or “what-have-yous,” but those are my thoughts heading into tonight’s draft. And now, let’s get rolling with my non-traded 12-selection mock draft–although, I don’t think Brown and his cohorts end up using all 12 picks.

 

 

  1. Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Dropping down to pick No. 8 and still getting their likely top target would be a big win for the new Browns brain trust.

In-state defender Joey Bosa is well-known in Northeast Ohio, but he has much more appeal for the Cleveland Browns than his place of birth. He creates multiple problems for edge blockers and is capable of dictating where and how offenses attack his unit. His versatility would also give Ray Horton’s multiple-front scheme would a huge boost.

If Bosa is still on the board here, he should be the pick.

 

  1. Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Wide receivers might not touch the ball every play, but when they do they need to be able to produce at the NFL level. Don’t let it fool you that Josh Doctson is hailing from a conference that spreads the field and plays little defense. Doctston is a well-rounded player with size and speed who has No. 1 receiver potential for whoever the Cleveland Browns deploy at quarterback in the coming years.

 

  1. Darian Thompson, S, Boise St.

The Browns need a playmaker in their secondary, and Thompson has shown flashes.

 

  1. Dak Prescott, QB, Miss St.

Barring injury or a change of events, Bob Griffin appears to be on track to lead Hue Jackson’s offense, at least in the near term. But Jackson and the Browns have been scouring the draft board for his backup and potential replacement.

Dak Prescott is a guy I have really liked throughout this year’s draft process, and is my third-ranked quarterback behind Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. He does everything well and is more polished from the pocket than I originally thought given his impressive mobility.

His arm is also plenty strong. When he sets and drives the ball properly, he can make every NFL throw.

 

  1. C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame

Former Irish receiver C.J. Prosise is an all-around athlete who has every-down-back potential in the NFL. He has size, vision, plus pass-protect skills and is a proven commodity as a receiver.

 

  1. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

Round 4 will be referred to henceforth as The Golden Domer round. Will all the unknowns in the Browns secondary–both starting safeties from 2015 are gone, and the depth behind Joe Haden and Tramon Williams was torched and embarrassed throughout much of 2015–this is a no-brainer. Russell is a polished player who could potentially surpass Justin Gilbert and Pierre Desir before Week 1.

 

  1. Matt Ioannidis, DE, Temple

The Cleveland Browns need toughness on their defensive line, and Matt Ioannidis brings that if nothing else to the table. He can be coached up to be an eventual starter.

 

  1. Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia

Injuries have kept Malcolm Mitchell in school, but he finally appears to be over them and ready to make an impact in the NFL. He tests well, plays the position well and catches everything thrown at him. Like Ioannidis, Mitchell is one of my “bang-the-table-for” prospects in this year’s class.

 

  1. Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida

Inside linebacker will be a continual need area for the Browns, so adding a promising depth player who can contribute early on special teams is ideal here. Antonio Morrison is an instinctive downhill tackler who has potential to be an eventual starter alongside Chris Kirksey.

 

  1. Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA

Aaron Wallace came on strong in 2015 as a senior pass-rusher, totaling 65 tackles, 12.5 TFL and 7 sacks. His best days of football are definitely ahead of him.

 

  1. Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Injury caused Murphy to miss workouts this draft season. The Browns can hope the talented lineman lost some of his luster and will be available in the sixth round.

 

  1. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio St.

Playmaker with untapped potential.

The following two tabs change content below.
Mike Hoag

Mike Hoag

Managing Editor
Mike Hoag has been covering the Cleveland Browns since 2011. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports, SI.com, Cleveland.com, CNN.com, and The Orange and Brown Report.