Browns 2023 mock 7-round draft after Week 11


The Cleveland Browns season is almost over in 2022. At 3-7, the team has a chance to finish the year 10-7, but a lot would have to change for that to be the end result. Even though Cleveland has 10 wins, there are currently three teams with a 6-4 record battling for the final two playoff spots.

It would take a lot of breaking in the right direction for the Browns to make the playoffs their ultimate goal. With a lot of talent in attack and QB Deshaun Watson back soon, the focus will be on defense where there is talent but very little potential.

At this point in the season, a ton of unknowns in 2023. A ton of players could have left the team, there could be changes to the coaching staff, and where Cleveland will select is still highly variable.

For now, this is our first seven-round mock NFL draft for the Browns in 2023. General manager Andrew Berry will have to find impact players lower in the draft without a first-round pick and a alone in the third round due to Watson’s trade.

Second turn

S JL SkinnerBoise State – Skinner is a huge safety prospect at 6’4″ with acceleration, speed and punching ability. The future with John Johnson III is in the air while Grant Delpit also disappointed. Skinner would come in and immediately give the team starting level security.

Third round

DT Mazi Smith, Michigan — Big and athletic ET, sign me up at Smith as a starting point to rebuild inside the defensive line. Berry will also seek help from a veteran, but Smith can be the type of player to build on even if he’s not the coveted pass-thrower type in the middle.

Fourth round

KG Ivan Pace Jr., Cincinnati – Not the greatest player in the position, but Pace plays like a football player should at linebacker. With Anthony Walker Jr. Coming back from injury and question marks in the middle, Pace could step in as the team’s center linebacker.

It’s no coincidence that the first three picks are right in the middle of the defense. Luckily, there were players available in positions that matched relative value.

TO Blake FreelandBYU – Veteran Jack Conklin is about to hit free agency with James HudsonIII probably step into his role. Adding the huge Freeland as a player who can develop for a year or two before having to make decisions on Jedrick Wills and Hudson will be valuable as well as a piece of significant depth.

fifth round

S Ronnie Hickman, Ohio State — While inside the defensive line gets the most attention, the safety play has also been poor. Adding Hickman and Skinner would give Cleveland’s defense a boost in athletic ability while pushing Delpit to keep his job.

VS Alex ForsythOregon – The Browns lost Nick Harris to a season-ending injury and has just seen Ethan Pocic come out injured in Week 11. There’s no certainty that either will be back competing for the starting position in 2023, so it’s worth adding another option at the end of the repechage.

Sixth round

RB Tavion ThomasUtah – From now on, Nick Chubb and Jerome Ford will be Cleveland’s main backs next year with Demetric Felton third string. Adding another fullback who can make plays, keep Chubb fresh and keep the offense moving if injuries do arise is important even if it’s a swing here in the sixth round.

Seventh round

WR Rakim Jarret, Maryland – While the offense will rely on the running game and Watson to drive it forward, adding more talent at receiver will always come in handy. Jarrett can help get the upper hand on the defense with his speed while Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Njoku do most of the heavy lifting.

Revamped the mid defense (while also assuming some veteran additions) while securing the offensive line for the future and also adding some late round weapons. No draft is perfect, but this one would help fill some immediate needs at the top while building depth along the way.


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