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In my original mock draft, I had the Browns taking ILB Casey Matthews in this spot. Matthews is still a tempting pick here from the fan perspective, as he is the son of beloved former Browns OLB Clay Matthews, Jr.
But unfortunately, Casey Matthews just doesn't have the size or the talent to be a viable fifth-round pick at the linebacker position. So it was back to the drawing board for the Browns' fifth-round pick in this version of my mock draft.
I've revised the pick here to Pittsburgh DE Greg Romeus. With the Browns not going with a DE in the first round in this version of my mock draft, I think it's important to get another DE (in addition to the DE taken in the second round) as an insurance policy or, hopefully, as an additional piece to strengthen the Browns' front seven.
It's possible that Romeus could go in the fourth round, but if he's still around here in the fifth, the Browns would be incredibly foolish not to take him. Romeus originally projected as a first-round pick before his final season with the Pitt Panthers, but had back problems that caused his projected draft slot to plummet.
While the back problems are supposedly fixed, there's no guarantee of that. Because of that issue, Romeus would have been far too great a risk as a first-rounder or even as a second- or third-rounder, but if the Browns could get him in round five, it would most certainly be worth taking the chance.
Other options: Of the eight total picks in my Browns mock draft, Romeus is probably one of the ones that I am the most firmly committed to. Still, it's good to have a backup plan, especially since Romeus could go in the fourth. There aren't many players who are projected to go in the fifth round that I would consider a fair equivalent to Romeus at DE, so it might be best to take plan B in another direction.
As several commenters pointed out previously, WR Cecil Shorts III looks pretty good as a fifth round WR prospect. Shorts played college ball at Mount Union, so there are some understandable concerns that his numbers are inflated because he faced mostly Division III opponents. Still, Shorts continues to show up on quite a few experts' draft radars, so it appears that Shorts' supporters have good reason for claiming he'll translate successfully to the NFL.