Cleveland Browns: What Should They Do with the 26th Pick?
The Cleveland Browns went 11-5 last season and Cleveland made it to the NFL postseason for the first time since 2002. The Browns stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs. Cleveland lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski has changed the culture of the Cleveland Browns overnight. He is one of the reasons why Cleveland will be one of the favorites in the AFC next season. They might be the favorites to win the AFC North next season.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield took a big step in his game this past season with a loaded roster. They don’t have many holes to fill, but general manager Andrew Berry will have some big decisions to make in the 2021 NFL Draft. What should the Cleveland Browns do with the 26th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft?
The secondary was a major problem this past season for the Cleveland Browns. They did sign Josh Hill from the Los Angeles Rams to bulk it up a little bit, but they are going to need another player to bulk it up.
Trevon Moehrig-Woodard from TCU is by far the best safety in this NFL 2021 Draft Class. He isn’t a part of a very strong safety position group. Moehrig-Woodard is projected to go late in the first-round and early in the second-round.
He was the heartbeat of the TCU secondary this past season. Trevon Moehrig is also a hard hitter in all phases.
He will be a force in the pass game and could also be a threat in the running game. Moehrig will have the swagger to play for the Cleveland Browns.
Jamar Johnson from Indiana is more of a nickel safety because he would covering the third team’s wide receiver. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals love going with three wide receiver sets at various times and not so much with the Baltimore Ravens.
Johnson has a very strong football IQ. He also has a strong upside to his game.
Jevon Holland from Oregon can not only play safety, but he can also return punts. This is very similar to what safety Jabrill Peppers offered before he was traded to the New York Giants, which sent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to town.
Holland possess all the necessary tools to be a starting safety in the NFL, but he needs to get a little bit quicker and stronger.
The Cleveland Browns have Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams as the two top cornerbacks on the roster and Cleveland could use some more help at the cornerback position. You can never have enough depth at that position. Jaycee Horn of South Carolina, Patrick Surtain II of Alabama, and Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech will be off the board by then.
Greg Newsome II from Northwestern is probably the fourth best cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is physical at the point of attack and can dominate in man-to-man coverage. Newsome II was a part of a solid defense in Northwestern this past season.
Greg Newsome II would be a tremendous number two cornerback with the Cleveland Browns. He would be great on the opposite side of Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams would be replaced in favor of Newsome II.
Tyson Campbell of Georgia would be a risky pick here. Cornerbacks from Georgia have not panned out recently. DeAndre Baker was drafted in the first-round by the New York Giants a couple of years ago was a first-round bust from Georgia.
Campbell needs work on his technique and footwork. That is the recipe for a disaster and bust. Scouts might be way too high on this player.
Eric Stokes of Georgia is the better of the two cornerbacks from Georgia. He is more useful in the slot and on the outside. Stokes needs to be in the right system in order to excel and the Cleveland Browns would be a good fit for him.
The Cleveland Browns need help at the cornerback position and they would maybe find Eric Stokes available in the second-round and maybe not use him with the 26th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Cleveland Browns could also use some more help on the offensive line.
Landon Dickerson of Alabama is a center. He would be effective in the running game and he can be a force. Dickerson would be able to help out the Cleveland Browns running game.
Aaron Banks from Notre Dame is a guard. Joel Binito is the longest member of the Cleveland Browns roster, but he is not getting any younger. Banks is a very talented offensive lineman that would have good value in the second-round, but it wouldn’t hurt if Cleveland liked him in the first-round either here as well.
Wyatt Davis from Ohio State is probably a player that the Cleveland Browns have kept an eye on all along. I am sure that Cleveland has sent scouts to everyone of his games and also his workouts. Davis is one of the better interior guards in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wyatt Davis would bolster the Browns offensive line. The Cleveland Browns would make a very good choice if they selected Davis with the 26th overall pick.
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