Browns 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
The biggest question is now answered. The Cleveland Browns drafted Barkevious Mingo with the No. 6 pick. However, Cleveland still has five—or a different number, depending on trades—picks left. What will happen with those selections?
By selecting Mingo, the Browns addressed one of their biggest needs. But, as is well known, this isn't exactly a one-need team. There are still plenty of holes to fill, and the team has a finite number picks to fell them with.
First-round mock drafts are difficult. A great mock draft gets a quarter of the picks correct. Mock drafts after the first round are borderline impossible. In other words, don't expect many, if any, of these picks to be correct.
Do expect them to be logical selections, though. Every projection in this mock draft is based on team needs, player values and team interest.
Unfortunately, teams aren't typically so obvious with their draft picks.
Round 3, Pick 6: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
After addressing one of their top needs at pass-rusher, the Browns have to focus on their biggest hole: cornerback. Joe Haden is clearly set in place at one cornerback position, but the other one is far from set with Buster Skrine currently atop the depth chart.
A physical zone cornerback, Logan Ryan isn't overly talented, but he can play. Ryan will struggle to run with faster and quicker wide receivers, but he's strong enough to press at the line of scrimmage, and he often overpowers wide receivers, going through them to the ball.
In all likelihood, Ryan isn't a great starter. However, in the third round, the Browns aren't looking for a star. They're just looking for someone who can compete to start, and Ryan can do that in Cleveland. The Browns seem to be interested in the Rutgers prospect, as they've had him in to visit.
Round 4, Pick 7: Josh Evans, S, Florida
Free safety isn't quite as critical of a need as cornerback is for the Browns, but it's close. The team really doesn't have a single legitimate option there, and it could use a starter on Day 2 or 3.
The Browns had Josh Evans in to visit, and he fits what the team is looking for. A strong athlete with good size, Evans could conceivably play either free or strong safety, though he would play the former next to T.J. Ward in Cleveland.
Evans displays reliable instincts in coverage, which he combines with good speed, burst and quickness. A strong tackler, Evans rarely fails to bring down a ball-carrier, but when he does, it's usually because he is playing a bit out of control.
Not quite talented enough to be a first- or second-round pick, Evans is a good value in the fourth round and could start for the Browns.
Round 5, Pick 6: Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
One thing Rob Chudzinski has made clear, no matter where he was, is that he likes tight ends. He's been a tight end coach for many years, and as an offensive coordinator he has featured them extensively in his offense.
Even after adding Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge to join Cameron Jordan, the Browns are likely in the market for a tight end. Nick Kasa seems like a good fit, and he has been to Cleveland to visit the Browns.
At 6'6", 270 pounds, Kasa is huge for a tight end. Not surprisingly, he's a strong blocker who uses his sheer size and strength to overpower defenders. On the other hand, Kasa is a good athlete, a must in Chudzinski's offense. His 4.71 40-yard-dash time is evidence enough of that.
Though Kasa is still raw as a route-runner, his physical ability is appealing. He projects as a No. 2 tight end, essentially a starter in Chudzinski's offense.
Round 6, Pick 5: Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
The Browns may have drafted Barkevious Mingo, but they're probably not done upgrading their front seven. It could be along the defensive line or it could be at linebacker. Likewise, Joe Kruger could be along the defensive line or at linebacker.
Kruger, the brother of Browns linebacker Paul, has great size at 6'6", 270 pounds. He's athletic enough to potentially stand up and play linebacker in Cleveland's 3-4 defense, but his style of play may be better suited at 5-technique. If he gained another 10 or 20 pounds, Kruger's strength could be put to use there.
At linebacker, Kruger would be a strong run defender who wasn't great in coverage or as a pass-rusher. As a five-technique, he would be a pass-rusher whose athleticism helped him make plays in the backfield. His best fit may be as a role player in sub packages.
Regardless of how the Browns used him, Kruger would add valuable depth and potentially make an impact. He has all the physical ability to be a starter in the NFL.
Round 6, Pick 7: Eric Herman, OG, Ohio
Despite having a strong starting offensive line, the Browns could use more depth along the unit. One starting spot, specifically the right guard position occupied by Shawn Lauvao, could use an upgrade too.
At 6'4", 320 pounds, Eric Herman is big. He's also rather strong, as his 36 bench reps of 225 pounds show. Athletically, Herman is solid for his size, and he's capable of playing in space.
There's a lot to like about Herman's natural ability. He needs work, but this is the type of player who can be molded and developed. In time, Herman could compete to start, and he would immediately add depth along a shallow offensive line unit.