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10 Senior Bowl names to know for Browns 

As the Senior Bowl likes to say, the draft starts in Mobile.

For the Browns and every other team in the NFL, of course, the draft evaluation process starts well before this week, but this annual event unofficially begins the pre-draft junket for the top prospects.

This week won't include the 99 underclassmen who have declared for the draft in recent weeks, but the vast majority will be picked at some point during the last weekend of April. Just last year, a whopping 93 Senior Bowl players were drafted.

The Browns enter this offseason with a number of positions of need and the assets, both financially and draft-wise, to improve the roster. Here are 10 players to monitor as the week in Mobile begins.

10 Players to Watch at the Senior Bowl

G Ben Bredeson - Michigan (6-5, 325)

He's the top-rated guard in the draft, according to ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. He was a second-team All-American and was considered the best pass-blocking guard in college football last year, according to Pro Football Focus.

S Ashtyn Davis - Cal (6-1, 200)

Davis might just be the best safety available behind two underclassmen in this year's draft class -- Clemson's Isaiah Simmons and LSU's Grant Delpit -- who are projected to go in the top half of the draft. Davis collected seven interceptions over his final three seasons with the Bears.

S Kyle Dugger - Lenoir-Rhyne (6-2, 220)

He played in just seven games as a senior, but it was enough to earn the Cliff Harris Award, given annually to the best Division II defensive player. Dugger was also a stud on special teams, racking up 929 punt return yards and six touchdowns over his career.

TE Brycen Hopkins - Purdue (6-5, 245)

The Nashville native shined in his fifth year with the program, catching 61 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns. He had at least one catch of 50 yards or longer in three of his four seasons, including a 72-yarder in 2019.

DT Javon Kinlaw - South Carolina (6-6, 310)

Kinlaw might just be the top overall prospect in this year's game. The interior pass rusher is ranked second at his position by Kiper and is projected by some to come off the board in the first half of the first round.

OT Josh Jones - Houston (6-7, 310)

The three popular top picks at tackle -- Iowa's Tristan Wirfs, Georgia's Andrew Thomas and Alabama's Jedrick Wills -- aren't in Mobile, but Jones very well could be the top option behind them. Jones, who was a four-year starter for the Cougars, was mentioned as a first-round possibility by Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy in a media session Monday.

DE Terrell Lewis - Alabama (6-5, 252)

An All-SEC second-team selection, Lewis tied for fifth in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss and was eighth with six sacks. Kiper ranks him as the fourth-best outside linebacker in the draft.

OT Matt Peart - UConn (6-7, 303)

The Kingston, Jamaica, native was a four-year starter for the Huskies. The fifth-best tackle according to Kiper, Peart received high praise from Nagy, who said Peart could be this year's version of Tytus Howard, a small-school tackle in last year's game who wound up becoming a first-round pick.

TE Jared Pinkey - Vanderbilt (6-4, 260)

The top available tight end according to Kiper, Pinkney is coming off a senior season in which his production dropped from the previous year, but he still boasts some of the best athleticism at the position. He caught 20 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns after posting 50 catches for 774 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

LB Zack Baun - Wisconsin (6-3, 235)

A consensus All-Big Ten first-team selection, Baun is coming off a big senior season in which he compiled 76 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. Baun was listed Tuesday by Hall of Famer Gil Brandt as one of the top five players in the game.

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