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Cleveland Browns draft grade

Cleveland Browns draft grade:

2017 draft picks:

Round 1(1st overall) – Myles Garrett – Defensive End – Texas A&M

Round 1(25th overall) – Jabrill Peppers – Safety – Michigan

Round 1(29th overall) – David Njoku – Tight End – Miami

Round 2(52nd overall) – DeShone Kizer – Quarterback – Notre Dame

Round 3(65th overall) – Larry Ogunjobi – Defensive Tackle – Charlotte

Round 4(126th overall) – Howard Wilson – Cornerback –┬áHouston

Round 5(160th overall) – Roderick Johnson – Offensive Tackle – Florida State

Round 6(185th overall) – Caleb Brantley – Defensive Tackle – Florida

Round 7(224th overall) – Zane Gonzalez – Kicker – Arizona State

Round 7(252nd overall) – Matt Dayes – Running Back – North Carolina State


The Browns had a need at pretty much every position except offensive line on their roster and they certainly improved their team during the draft. Myles Garrett was by far the best player available in this draft and the Browns would have been silly not to draft him with the 1st overall pick. Garrett has elite pass rushing skills and there is no reason as to why he shouldn’t get 10+ sacks every year. He will make an immediate impact for the Browns and drafting him is a good start to building a contender. Meanwhile, Jabrill Peppers will also be a big impact player for the Browns on defense. Peppers doesn’t have good ball skills, but he always seems to make plays and he has the versatility to play in the box as a linebacker or in coverage as a safety. Peppers is a major upgrade at safety for Cleveland and he should bring another outstanding playmaker to a defense that really needed it. Cleveland also drafted tight end David Njoku out of Miami in the 1st round. Njoku didn’t really reach his potential in college as a pass catcher, but he is a good blocker and he is athletic enough that he could be an outstanding receiver as well. Njoku isn’t a complete tight end yet, but he will be a starter right away and he has the potential to be a great tight end. Also, the Browns drafted a quarterback in the 2nd round as they selected DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame. Kizer probably has the highest potential of any quarterback in this draft, but he also might be the most raw quarterback in this draft. However, the Browns are the perfect team for Kizer since he won’t have to start right away and the Browns have the time and patience to figure out whether he will be their franchise quarterback. There is no doubt that Cleveland needed a starting quarterback badly and they are hoping that Kizer can finally be that guy. Larry Ogunjobi is a good pass rusher that is versatile enough to play either defensive tackle or defensive end for the Browns. Either way, Ogunjobi will be a good rotational defensive lineman right away and he has the potential to be a good starting defensive tackle for Cleveland eventually. Cornerback was a position that the Browns needed to address at some point and they did so by drafting Howard Wilson in the 4th round out of Indiana. Wilson probably won’t be a starter right away, but he provides much needed depth to the cornerback position and he could become a starter at some point soon. The Browns also made an interesting pick in the 6th round as they drafted defensive tackle Caleb Brantley out of Florida. There is no doubt that Brantley is a 1st round talent, but recent off-field issues caused a dramatic fall in his draft stock. If Brantley can deal with those issues effectively then the Browns could be getting the biggest steal of the draft. Brantley won’t be a starter for Cleveland right away, but if he can prove his maturity then he could be a really good starting defensive tackle soon. Cleveland also made a really good pick in the 7th round as they drafted kicker Zane Gonzalez out of Arizona State. The Browns struggled with their field goal kicking last season and Gonzalez was one of the best kickers in recent college football history. Gonzalez will compete with Cody Parkey for the kicker job in training camp, but don’t be surprised if Gonzalez wins the job before week 1 of the season. The Browns are still far away from being contenders, but they drafted many players that could be key for success in a few years.

Grade: A

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