Cleveland Browns Draft Report
Round 1 (10): Jedrick Wills, OL, Alabama
Everyone and their mother expected the Browns to go offensive line with their first pick, and Andrew Berry did not disappoint. Cleveland already has all of the weapons to bolster a top offense in the league, and this offseason they have only added to that, signing Austin Hooper, to give Baker Mayfield yet another weapon, and going out and getting Jack Conklin to man down the line on the opposite side of Wills. In my humble opinion, this is the right pick for the Browns organization, and if Baker can't get it done at this point, there is no excuse. Wills played the Right Tackle position at Alabama, but expect him to switch to the other side with the Browns, as they just signed Jack Conklin, a proven right tackle, and since Tua is a lefty, Wills is already experienced in playing the blindside position. This may be a tricky transition for Wills, but assuming that it's not too bad for him, considering he has experience playing as a blindside, this is the right pick.
Pick Grade: A-
Round 2 (44): Grant Delpit, S, LSU
This is a great pick. Delpit had a premier sophomore season at LSU, and was expected to be a top ten pick in the draft heading into his junior year. He struggled with tackling, and many attribute that to injuries he was playing through. Through these struggles however, Grant was still able to win the Jim Thorpe award, given to the best defensive back in all of College Football in his junior season. To think that the Browns drafted the Jim Thorpe award winner, the best defensive back in college football, as the 9th DB off the board, it's a steal. Point blank period, it's a steal. This is an A+ pick for me, as the Browns can now pair Delpit, with their newly signed safety Karl Joseph, two physical safeties who can come down and play in the box. Love the pick.
Pick Grade: A+
Round 3 (88): Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
This was Andrew Berry's first miss of the draft. He could have addressed a need at inside linebacker, or right guard, but he chose to go with the best available on his board, and add depth to the interior of the defensive line. The Browns defensive tackles at the moment are Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi, who combined for 10 sacks, and almost 85 tackles last season. They're not premier Defensive Tackles in the league, but definitely not a position of need for the Cleveland Browns. With that being said, Elliott is an intriguing prospect, as he brings some quick, twitchy step to the Browns interior defensive line, and maybe the production will pick up for him, playing with a far better front 7 in Cleveland than he had at Mizzou.
Pick Grade: C+
Round 3 (97): Jacob Phillips, ILB, LSU
This is a great pick. Andrew Berry is able to address a serious need here, at Inside Linebacker, with a prospect who may not be a day 1 starter, but someone who has very good size and speed, plays very well in the run game, and has experience playing special teams as well. The Browns needed someone to help stop the run and play a bit of zone coverage underneath, and that's exactly what Jacob Phillips will be able to bring to the table. He may not be a starter, but he will see the field, and be able to find ways to contribute.
Pick Grade: B-
Round 4 (115): Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
In a draft class where Tight Ends did not play anywhere near the role they did last year, the Browns were able to draft the John Mackey award winner with the 115th overall pick. This is a steal, but it's not a position of need in any shape or form. The Browns just went out and paid Austin Hooper elite tight end money, and still have former first round pick David Njoku on the roster as well. It's a classic example of drafting best available, but barring injury, I just have a tough time seeing how Bryant will find the field. He was high on my board as a prospect, but I don't think this is a good landing spot for him, and I don't think this was a good pick for the Cleveland Browns.
Pick Grade: C-
Round 5 (160): Nick Harris, C, Washington
This is a far better pick than the one preceding it. You can never have too much depth on the offensive line, and if Harris were to seriously thrive at camp, there's a possibility that he could slide over and take Wyatt Teller's spot at guard. Harris is a great competitor, who has been said to play with serious determination, something that would only suit him well in a position change if he were to become a starter. If not, Harris will be a perfect backup to provide depth for the Browns offensive line, and with JC Tretter having an option in his contract after this season, if the Browns want to save a heck of a lot of money, Harris could become the potential starter at Center in the 2021 season.
Pick Grade: B
Round 6 (187): Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
This is just a great pick by Andrew Berry. At the time, the Browns had not yet signed back Rashard Higgins, and with an athlete like this staring at you in the 6th round, you'd be a fool not to take him. Peoples-Jones ran a 4.48 40 yard dash, and then paired it with a 44.5 inch vertical, and a 139 inch broad jump. Peoples-Jones will not start week 1, but should be able to learn very quickly from the likes of Odell Beckham Jr, and Jarvis Landry. This is a high upside pick, with obviously a very low risk, as it's only a sixth round price tag on Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Pick Grade: A-
The Browns were able to address serious needs on the offensive line, and at inside linebacker, while also being able to go out and grab some players that were high on their board. I would consider Andrew Berry's first draft a success for that reason alone. One blaring issue is the transition period that may come with moving Wills to the Left Tackle position, and with that being their first round pick, it's a risky move. Only time will tell how this draft will pan out, but assuming that Wills can make that transition, and Delpit's tackling struggles really were due to his minor health issues, this is a great draft.
Overall Draft Grade: B+