By: Will Burge
The same few names seem to pop up on every mock draft as the Browns’ first round selection: DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo from LSU, DE Bjeorn Werner from Florida State, and OLB Jarvis Jones from Georgia.
We have to wait another 22 days to see any of them in action at the NFL combine.
Fortunately, we did get to see a crop of players in Mobile, Alabama during the Senior Bowl last week. As always Executive Director Phil Savage would like to remind you that if you don’t like the Senior Bowl, then f you, go root for the combine.
There were a few “risers” from the week that play positions of interest for the Browns this offseason.
The Browns are in need of a young corner to take the field opposite Joe Haden. With Sheldon Brown most likely on his way out and Dimitri Patterson already cut, the Browns could look to the early rounds of the draft.
Linebacker is another pressing need for the newly switched 3-4 defense, but corners cost big bucks in the open market and we know Joe Banner is good with value. Here is Doug Farrar’s breakdown from Yahoo! Sports of a corner who increased his value during Senior Bowl week.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: We learned what he already knew when watching Trufant through the week of practice -- it's really hard to cover PAC-12 receivers when you have no pass rush in front of you, as Trufant rarely did at Washington. On more equal footing in Mobile, he was by far the most polished and practiced pass defender of the week. He backpedaled quickly, turned smoothly to trail receivers, adjusted to routes, and showed good recovery speed. He also showed a nascent ability to jump routes, reminding me of an embryonic Asante Samuel at times. Thought to be a mid-round pick by many based on his game tape, Trufant may sneak his way into the high second round with a good combine and pro day.
Eight year NFL scout turner journalist Daniel Jeremiah from NFL Network had this to say about Trufant in a video breakdown:
“The most consistent performer all week … (was) Desmond Trufant. He was physical in press coverage, he showed the fluidity to mirror these wide receivers all over the field, and really showed some nice top speed. Which was the question coming into the week.”
Many feel that Trufant has now elevated himself into the first round, so he could be a potential target if the Browns were to trade down or acquire an additional first round selection.
With the new regime being so noncommittal on Brandon Weeden, you can’t rule out the selection of a developmental quarterback that could be “their guy”. While no QB really made a statement last week, a few did improve their stock.
Tyler Wilson from Arkansas was already linked to the Browns in a very early mock draft by Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com. Charles Davis of NFL Network said after a tough Senior year, Wilson had a “Snap back this week” and added, “Tyler Wilson is a big time quarterback.”
Another interesting name is Ryan Nassib from Syracuse. Mike Mayock said in a video breakdown, “Ryan Nassid, to me had a really solid week. He is the kind of kid that a lot like an Andy Dalton, will just slowly continue to rise.”
NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Dane Brugler said both Nassib and Wilson were “risers” last week simply because they measured in taller than the dreaded 6’2” threshold.
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