Jake Samulak’s final Browns 7-round mock draft

Round One

Pick 1:

The Cleveland Browns select QB Sam Darnold.

The Browns can’t get fancy here, they’ve been in search for there franchise QB since they’ve returned. They have also passed on a few in recent years.

Sam Darnold is a perfect fit in Cleveland. Darnold stands at 6’3 and weighs in at 225 pounds. Good height and weight for a tough division, Darnold showed plenty of playmaking ability at USC. In his two years there he threw for 7,229 yards, with 57 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

Darnold has a good arm and never struggled with accuracy, he needs to work on holding onto the football, and some of the decisions he makes is questionable. But the Browns have a perfect opportunity for him to sit and learn behind Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton.


The Cleveland Browns trade the 4th overall pick to Buffalo for 12, 22, 65, and a 2019 third round pick.

Pick 12:

The Cleveland Browns select edge Harold Landry From Boston College.

Just like Bradley Chubb, Landry bring so much to the table here. Landry in his senior season racked up 38 tackles, 8.5 for a loss and five sacks. He stands at 6’3, 255 pounds and has elite athleticism. He ran a 4.65 40 yard dash.

With a defensive front of Garrett/Landry/Ogunjobi/Ogbah the Browns have a defensive line that will put fear in their opponents mind for many years to come.

Pick 22:

The Cleveland Browns select DB Josh Jackson from Iowa.

The Browns get a ball hawk at pick 22. In Jackson’s junior year with the Hawkeyes he racked up 48 tackles and had 8 interceptions.

With a big question mark heading into the draft at the CB, this move most likely means that Jamar Taylor is headed out of Cleveland.

Round Two

Pick 33:

The Cleveland Browns select WR DJ Moore.

DJ Moore in his junior season with Maryland had 80 receptions with 1,033 yards. Averaging 12.9 YPC. It’s a surprise to find him still on the board with the first pick in the second round.

The Browns now have a four man WR core that could be great for years to come with Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Corey Coleman, and now DJ Moore.

Pick 35:

The Cleveland Browns select OT Connor Williams from Texas.

If it wasn’t for a torn ACL Williams would be a top 15 pick in this year’s draft. It’s a great day in Cleveland to find Williams still on the board here in the second round, Williams provides strength in the run game and elite pass protection for the Browns he is sure to have an instant impact up front. With the retirement of Joe Thomas the Browns address the issue early with Connor Williams.

Pick 64:

The Cleveland Browns select RB Rashaad Penny from San Diego State.

The Browns add Penny to a strong backfield on paper. Isaiah Crowell headed to the Jets in free agency. The Browns filled the gap with the addition of Carlos Hyde. With Duke Johnson as an elite playmaker Penny completes the three headed monster.

Penny last season rushed for 2,248 yards and added 23 TD’s to his resume. A complete steal for the Browns late in the second round.

Round three

Pick 65:

The Cleveland Browns select DE/OLB Josh Sweat from Florida State.

Sweat racked up 56 tackles in his junior season, 12.5 for a loss, along with 5.5 sacks. Sweat has the ability to play upfront on the line, and also can play LB. A good addition to a young Cleveland defense.

Round four

Pick 114:

The Cleveland Browns select C Mason Cole from Michigan.

With JC Tretter coming off of a disappointing year the Browns look to add depth and competition to the position in round four.

Round five

Pick 150:

The Cleveland Browns select CB Quenton Meeks from Stanford.

Cleveland uses another pick on their secondary in the fifth round. Meeks is an under the radar guy who plays physical. He had 60 tackles and 2 picks in his junior season with Stanford.

Round six

Pick 175:

The Cleveland Browns select FB Dimitri Flowers from Oklahoma.

You hear some folks say FB’s don’t really matter in today’s NFL. I disagree. Flowers adds more lanes for the backs in Cleveland, which results in touchdowns.

Pick 188:

The Cleveland Browns select LB Chris Covington from Indiana.

Covington played quarterback as a true freshman. After a torn ACL he made the switch to LB. Covington stands at 6’2, and weighs 225 pounds.

Chris in his senior year with the Hoosiers had 85 tackles and three sacks. He’s a low risk high reward type player. He’s only been at LB for a short amount of time, and the strides have been mind blowing. The sky is the limit for this kid, and this deep in the draft the Browns find themselves a big time playmaker. True potential to be a great player for years to come.


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