First Annual Post-Combine Browns Prospect Update: Offense Edition

This is my first Annual Post-Combine Browns’ Prospect Update. To be honest, with my penchant for procrastination and forgetfulness, this may be my only “Annual Post-Combine Prospect Update”.

I’m going to put myself in Browns General Manager, John Dorsey’s Nike Air Monarchs for a minute. Here are a few offensive prospects who piqued my interest during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Quarterback

Lol.

Like I’ve said before, with advances in medicine the Browns won’t need to draft a QB until at least 2045. I will waste approximately 0 minutes worrying about quarterback prospects until Baker Mayfield is old and gray.

Running Back

See “Quarterback”

Wide Receiver

This has been the most glamorous position of the combine. Every time I looked up another WR was running a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. This was especially intriguing since receiver is a considered a position of need for the Browns.

There was one sleeper pick who flew under the radar all weekend. His name is DK Metcalf. The man put up freakish numbers at almost every drill and had a reported 1.6% body fat. Even with all of these impressive numbers nobody is talking about him (aside from every single person who covers, works for, or watches the NFL.)

Metcalf wasn’t the only WR who improved his stock this weekend. Ohio native, Andy Isabella posted a 4.31 40 time, tying Parris Campbell as the fastest wideout at the combine. I call him Andy “Warhol” Isabella because he will forever be connected to Campbell’s.

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If size is your thing, Hakeem Butler is over 6’5 and posted solid numbers in Indianapolis. As a bonus, imagine how many times Jim Donovan can say “The Butler did it!” whenever he makes a big catch.

One disappointment was N’Keal Harry. He dropped some passes and didn’t run the cleanest routes. I was most looking forward to Baker Mayfield throwing 50 yard passes to him so I could call them N’Kealear Bombs. I’m still workshopping that one.

Tight End

I truly believe that David Njoku will continue to improve this offseason with Mayfield as his QB. If he doesn’t take the next step there are a few interesting options in this draft class.

T.J. Hockenson is the one name I keep seeing at the top of people’s draft charts. He is well-rounded and put up good numbers at the combine. Hockenson’s college teammate, Noah Fant caused quite a stir as well by running a 4.5 40 yard dash. The issue is that both of these players are expected to go in the first round and Cleveland probably shouldn’t be spending pick #17 on the tight end position.

The Browns may be well served to pick a blocking TE in the later rounds. However, I’m too disinterested in blocking tight ends to look at combine numbers for potential candidates.

Offensive Line

Early in the season (when Hue Jackson coached), the Browns had a very offensive line. Then things changed (Hue got fired) and the o-line had a successful end of the year. After re-signing Greg Robinson and having former 2nd round pick, Austin Corbett waiting in the wings, offensive line may be put on the back burner this draft.

That being said, one offensive line stat that stood out to me was Ioshua Opeta’s bench press. Most of the prospects were able to bench 225 pounds 25-29 times. Opeta repped it out 39 times. To put that into context, that is 39 more times than Kevin Durant can do it. Simply amazing.

That wraps up the offensive player edition of my First Annual Post-Combine Browns Prospect Update. As a little added bonus, I’ve included some special teams stuff at the end. You’re welcome.

Kicker/Punter

If you actually want to know my opinion of how kickers and punters performed at the combine, then you clearly care more than me. Do your own research.

 

Browns Mock Draft ’19

For the first time in a long time, Cleveland fans don’t have to obsess over seven round mock drafts, or study film and interviews from every draft eligible quarterback in the country. With mock draft fever at an all time low, I have created this list of players who would create excellent storylines for the Cleveland Browns next season. Most of these players will be gone long before the Browns pick at #17, but a guy can dream.

Josh Allen- LB, Kentucky: Josh Allen is a top talent and plays a position that the Browns need help at, but those aren’t the reasons I’m pulling for Cleveland to draft him. The Browns NEED this young man just so all the fans on twitter who campaigned for Josh Allen, the quarterback, last year can make bad jokes about how they were actually talking about this guy. Even if Cleveland isn’t able to get him on draft day, we can look forward to middle-aged men everywhere tweeting “I thought he got drafted last year LOL” or “Wow, he must’ve changed positions #Draft”.

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Greg LittleOT, Ole Miss: The offensive line as a whole looked better once Freddie Kitchens and healthy wide receivers gave Baker a chance to get rid of the ball quicker, but one of the “needs” I keep seeing pop up for Cleveland is the offensive tackle position. The best part of this pick would be the recycling of all the #15 jerseys from the last Greg Little to wear the orange and brown. As an added bonus, the new Greg Little could do stupid first down symbols every time he successfully blocks someone as an homage to the old wideout.

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Rashan GaryDE, Michigan: The only Ohio State players that are consistently projected as first rounders are Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins. Bosa is supposed to go top 3 and with advances in medicine, Cleveland won’t need to draft a QB in the first round again until at least 2045. The next best thing from drafting Buckeyes is drafting Michigan men so fans can irrationally hate them until they become really good pros. I look forward to Mr. Gary getting heckled at local CVS’ all across Northeast Ohio until he proves himself.

Deandre BakerCB, Georgia: Maybe its recency bias, but if your name is Baker I want you in Cleveland. With Freddie Kitchens at the helm, I would trade for Dalvin Cook and Buddha Baker, sign Brandin Cooks, and get Connor Cook to back up Mayfield. You can never have too many cooks and bakers in Freddie’s kitchen (insert cricket sound).

D.K. MetcalfWR, Ole Miss: Much like the Greg Little pick, I’d love to see all the old Metcalf jerseys come out of retirement. If I’m the Browns, I would force D.K. to wear #21 strictly for the nostalgia effect (sorry Denzel Ward). Also, Clevelanders love nicknames and with a name like D.K. I’m sure we could come up with some doozies.

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Marquise BrownWR, Oklahoma: Drafting Marquise Brown actually makes sense for a couple of reasons. He is explosive and has already worked with Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma. Personally, I hope Cleveland takes him so he can join a long line of great Cleveland Brown Brown’s like Paul, Jim, Sashi, and Courtney. The only downside is Cleveland isn’t big enough for two Hollywood’s so either he or Higgins will have to change their name or leave town.

If Cleveland somehow acquires any of these players, please credit me for first reporting it and be prepared to see dozens of corny tweets about it immediately following the draft. Later on I will release some late round sleepers (people with funny names or back stories) that would create great storylines for Browns fans and media members to discuss.

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