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2020 NFL Draft

12 Players to watch for the NFL Draft's 2nd and 3rd rounds

Around this time last year, all of the focus was on the Browns' first-round picks, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel.

But the real loot thus far from the 2014 draft came on Day 2.

General manager Ray Farmer stunned some with the pick of Joel Bitonio and followed that up with Chris Kirksey a few months after veteran Karlos Dansby was brought in to patrol the middle of the defense. Farmer pulled his biggest move of the night by trading back into the third round to nab Terrance West, where the Ravens were rumored to be pursuing the Maryland native.

Bitonio, Kirksey and West all went on to start several games for the Browns last season. Day 2 might not have the hype of the first round, but don't downplay its importance to building a winning football team.

Here are some names to watch.

1)      Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Why the Browns could like him: The 6-foot-2 Strong is a de6ep threat down the field and it was mildly shocking he slipped out of the first round.


2)      Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia

Why the Browns could like him: Harold's a flexible 6-foot-3, 247-pound pass rusher who posted seven sacks for Virginia last season. Scouts love his length and his motor.

3)      Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Why the Browns could like him: Somehow he's flown under the radar after rushing for 2,000 yards in the stingy Big Ten. The 5-foot-11, 206-pound Coleman played part of the season with a broken toe, proving his toughness.

4)      Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

Why the Browns could like him: Standing at a towering 6-foot-4, McKinney is raw, but some SEC teams saw his upside as a game-changing playmaker.  McKinney thrives in organized chaos and led the Bulldogs in tackles during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.


5)      Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Why the Browns could like him: Besides the fact he grew up down the highway in Massillon, there might not be a bigger home run threat left in the draft than Smith. The 6-foot target averaged 28.2 yards per catch and 12 of his 33 receptions went for touchdowns.

6)      Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Why the Browns could like him: He's got a mammoth build (6-foot-5, 271 pounds) in the mold of Cleveland's current defensive end Desmond Bryant. His 15 tackles for a loss last season show he's a force against the run.

7)      Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Why the Browns could like him: Cleveland feels good about new tight end Rob Housler, but more down-the-field threats for offensive coordinator John DeFilippo would be welcomed. Williams is just that and comes from an NFL pedigree. His father Brian played several seasons at center for the Giants.

8)      Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

Why the Browns could like him: Petty has ideal size (6-foot-3, 231 pounds), mental toughness and a decent arm. Baylor's unnatural spread offense and the fact he's 24 may push him to the third round.


9)      Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah

Why the Browns could like him: Defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil made the trip out to Salt Lake City to dine with Orchard last month. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder led the nation with 18.5 sacks last season.

10)   Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford

Why the Browns could like him: Behind Jordan Poyer, Cleveland's safety depth isn't loaded. Tartt has monster size (6-foot-1, 221 pounds), tallied six interceptions last season and can lay the wood as a hitter.


11)   Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford

Why the Browns could like him: listed Anderson as its 10th-best player in the draft for a reason. Anderson is a tree trunk (6-foot-6, 294 pounds). The Browns like versatility and Anderson can play all over the defensive line.

12)   Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State

Why the Browns could like him: The former high school tight end and power forward plays with such athleticism that it jumps out on tape. Even with Danny Shelton now in the mix, Cleveland wants to stock its defensive line, a position crushed with injuries last season.

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