The NFL announced on Friday that drafting for 2021, which is due to take place in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1, continues as planned.
Additionally, teams are allowed to use their design rooms this weekend, allowing the team’s general managers to step out of the basement or the space they were using when the 2020 NFL draft was held as a virtual event.
The live draft from April 29th to May 1st in Cleveland is ongoing. Security precautions are obviously in place there too. https://t.co/4yrTK37ppR
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2021
Teams must submit their draft plans by March 26, so that, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, can be approved. Teams must continue to take safety precautions, including social distancing and the use of masks. Otherwise, they should be ready to use.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, the league is working out the details for holding the draft with David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
There is still much work to be done, but league spokesman Brian McCarthy told Cabot that the league “will be there” to be in Cleveland.
The Browns will vote in 26th place in the opening round of the draft. So let’s take a quick look at some bogus drafts to see who can hear their name when the Browns stand on the clock in front of hometown fans.
Seth Galina at Pro Football Focus:
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU:: The Browns are strangely complete on offense and could end up with the best defender available. Fortunately, that player is Trevon Moehrig, who fulfills a significant need for security. Möhrig is an all-round security with the ability to stay deep in midfield, play in half field and sometimes come down and cover slot receivers. Brown’s collateral hit the worst cumulative rating in the league last season at 48.2. Möhrig led the country in the past two seasons in pass separations from the security position.
Maurice Jones-Drew at NFL.com:
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Our lady:: The Browns improve the linebacker position with a quick and physical player. Owusu-Koramoah may be a tweener, but it can cover those hybrid tight ends and receivers with large slots.
Tony Pauline on Pro Football Network:
Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma: The Browns get a bargain price. I rate Ronnie Perkins higher than anyone; He’s the 16th player on my big board and the top pass rusher.
Vinnie Iyer on The Sporting News:
Jayson Oweh, State of DE Penn: The Browns must tackle their pass rush situation against Myles Garrett with Olivier Vernon and Larry Ogunjobi to thin their line of defense in the free hand. Aside from promoting the aging JJ Watt, Oweh is the classic wacky Pierre Paul mode athlete who has the potential to be an explosive and productive rusher for a long time, even if he has to produce situationally at first.
Chris Trapasso at CBS Sports:
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State: Parson’s fall ends and the Browns love that he adds to the off-ball linebacker group and the team’s pass rush in one fell swoop.
Jordan Reid on The Draft Network:
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Our lady:: This is a fit that makes a lot of sense when the Browns need help in secondary school. Owusu-Koramoah is listed as a linebacker, but he’s a glorified security. His sportiness, combined with his ability to flash and cover, will be coveted in the secondary school of the team.
Todd McShay at ESPN (Paywall):
Zaven Collins, LB, TCU: I’ve now placed Collins in three straight note designs with Cleveland, and it just makes sense. If the Browns really want to fight for a Super Bowl, they need another pass rusher against Myles Garrett, and Collins has an excellent final kick. And he can cover, as evidenced by his four interceptions last season. I could also see Cleveland taking care of safety when Trevon Moehrig was still available.
What do you think Brown’s fans? Will any of the players who made fun of the Browns get you going? Or do you have someone else in mind?
Let us know in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Who should the Browns pick in the first round?
This poll is closed.
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma
Jayson Oweh, State of DE Penn
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Others (tell who in the comments)
1293 votes in total