Browns’ Day 2 recap: Quality depth and a project or two

Cleveland had the first pick of the second round and selected Emmanuel Ogbah, a defensive end. Defensive line was a real need for Cleveland, and it sounds like Ogbah will be an excellent player. He’s a defensive end, not a tackle, although Cleveland might play him as an outside linebacker (which he’s a little big for, IMO). Good power, awesome speed (fastest DE in the combine, great character.

The Browns had three third rounders, and added Carl Nassib with their first pick. Nassib is another defensive end with good physical skills who had an outstanding year in 2015 but that was his only great year in college. Mike Mayock said he was “Jared Allen, but he has no idea what he’s doing yet.” A long-term project, perhaps, but excellent depth.

The second third rounder was Auburn’s Shon Coleman, an offensive tackle. Coleman won’t be replacing Joe Thomas any time soon, but will definitely get a chance to compete for the RT job in preseason. He’s a little older (he’ll turn 25 before the season starts) because he fought leukemia for two years. He’s supposed to be an excellent run blocker.

Finally, Cleveland took a QB with the last third rounder, Cody Kessler. Kessler is the only pick I don’t like so far. He seems like a career backup, with only slightly above average arm strength. He’s supposed to be smart, accurate, and good in the pocket, but his upside isn’t that high. Cleveland certainly needs QBs, but Connor Cook (who has fallen into the fourth round) seems to be a much better choice with higher upside. Hopefully the FO knows something we don’t, but with so many talented players left on the board, Kessler seems like a bad choice.

For round 4 (and beyond), Cleveland still has a few needs. Jordan Howard, the highest ranked player by NFL.com’s grades, is still available. Howard is supposed to be a wonderful pure runner. I think the world of Duke Johnson but less so of Isaiah Crowell; Howard would be a steal at the top of the fourth. I like the sound of Miles Killebrew as a safety in the classic run-stopping mode. There are good receivers and linebackers left as well. We will see what happens.

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