Cleveland Browns Draft Review
Just like that, the 2015 NFL Draft is over. Here is a review of what the Cleveland Browns did this weekend.
Round 1 (Pick #12): DT Danny Shelton, Washington
Round 1 (Pick #19, from Bills): OL Cameron Erving, Florida State
Round 2 (Pick #51, from Texans): OLB Nate Orchard, Utah
Round 3 (Pick #77): RB Duke Johnson, Miami (FL)
Round 3 (Pick #96, from Patriots): DT Xavier Cooper, Washington State
Round 4 (Pick #115, from Bills): S Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
Round 4 (Pick #123, from Cardinals): WR Vince Mayle, Washington State
Round 6 (Pick #189): CB Charles Gaines, Louisville
Round 6 (Pick #195, from Texans): TE Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State
Round 6 (Pick #198, from Cardinals): TE Randall Teller, USC
Round 7 (Pick #219, from Patriots via Titans): LB Hayes Pullard, USC
Round 7 (Pick #241, from Cardinals): CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
Best Pick: DT Danny Shelton, 1st round
With their first selection, the Browns decided to beef up their defensive line, providing much needed help to their front seven. Last season, Cleveland’s run defense was dead last in the NFL in terms of yards per game and total yards. Shelton will come in and start from day one, adding 339 pounds to the middle of their defense. He will replace 2011 first round pick Phil Taylor at nose tackle. A physical run defender, he will be a great fit in the AFC North.
Worst Pick: OL Cameron Erving, 1st round
A versatile lineman, Erving has the ability to play tackle, guard or center. For the Seminoles, he spent most of his time at left tackle before moving to center halfway through last season––where he played his best football, leading teams to view him as a center for the draft. In terms of value, this is a good pick, but I’m not sure what Erving’s fit is in Cleveland. The strength of the Browns’ offense is their offensive line, which is one of the best in the NFL. Alex Mack is one of the best centers in football, so Erving would have to play guard or tackle. For the 2015 season, it looks like he will play at right tackle, taking over for Mitchell Schwartz. Mack can opt out of his contract after this season, meaning Erving’s eventual fit could be at center. Erving is a good player, but his fit in Cleveland is up in the air right now.
Due to multiple trades, the Browns ended the draft with 12 selections. General manager Ray Farmer wheeled and dealed up and down the board to find the players he wanted in Cleveland. Shelton should come in and be a day one starter. Erving could, but his fit has already been explained above. Day two saw three good picks in Orchard, Johnson and Cooper. Day three saw Cleveland steal Gaines and Ekpre-Olomu, while making a bunch of other solid picks. Waiting until the fourth round for a wide receiver hurts though.