EBBs and Flows – Eric’s Big Board at #19
We now go further into the 2015 NFL Draft and the Browns’ second selection in the first round. Again, I only put realistic options at this spot in my top five for the nineteenth pick. Some of these guys listed below might be gone before the Browns pick for the second time, but let’s take a deeper look anyways.
1 – Malcom Brown – This is my top athlete to take, provided the Browns choose either Parker or a pass rusher at number twelve. Brown will likely be a defensive end, as opposed to Shelton who is more of a tackle. That should not be a problem though, with Phil Taylor and Ismaa’ily Kitchen manning the middle of the defensive line. I really appreciate the speed he possesses off the edge, and he is unique blend
of power and quickness at the point of attack.
2 – Bud Dupree – The pass rusher would be the complementary piece to Shelton or Parker, as the Browns would be foolish to draft two pass rushers in the first round. Dupree packs on an additional twenty pounds over a few of his counterparts, and should be able to hold his ground better when defending the run. I really believe this could be a steal for the Browns at pick nineteen, provided they choose to go this route in a few weeks.
3 – Jalen Strong – Assuming the three top wide outs are chosen before the Browns’ first selection, they ought to go defense at the twelfth spot. However, they could then nab the perceived fourth best receiver with their next pick. Granted it might be a bit of a reach (many feel he will be taken a few spots later in the draft) – but the Browns need a number one option at wide receiver. If they feel Strong is that guy, then I’m on board.
4 – Cameron Erving – Some could call this a boring pick by the Browns, but so were Joe Thomas and Alex Mack. Let’s face it, Mack can leave after the 2015 campaign and Thomas is not getting any younger. Erving would be another anchor for the interior of this offensive line – possibly starting at right guard and moving to center in 2016. Linemen can be found in all rounds of the draft, but one as versatile as Erving is very rare.
5 – Trade Down and Get Maxx Williams – Although I am still throwing a party for the Rob Housler signing, the Browns need an exceptional tight end. Through game film, the NFL Combine, and Pro Days, Williams has been head and shoulders above the rest at his position. The only issue at taking him at nineteen would be the look of desperation (and likely not taking the best player available). If the Browns slide back a few spots, pick up an extra third round pick or so, and still get Williams – I would not complain.
Conclusion: My big board became a little more difficult for this draft pick; as it is largely based on what Ray Farmer and company decide to do seven spots earlier. The bottom line is they must get it right at both spots – getting best player available is a wise move.