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2020 NFL Draft

2019 Mock Draft 2.0

It's the Mock Draft 2.0 with an extra emphasis on the "2."

The last time we went through this exercise, the Browns still had a first-round pick. That's gone, of course, but the Browns still have plenty of valuable picks to make.

It all starts at No. 49, smack dab in the middle of the second round.

Our four-man panel -- Nathan Zegura, Andrew Gribble, Jason Gibbs and Nick Shook -- is back to make their predictions for the Browns at No. 49 and No. 80, the latter of which being where the Browns are poised to make their third-round selection.

Andrew Gribble - Senior Writer

33. Cardinals - WR D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss)
34. Colts - DT Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
35. Raiders - OT Greg Little (Ole Miss)
36. 49ers - WR N'Keal Harry (Arizona State)
37. Giants - CB Deandre Baker (Georgia)
38. Jaguars - TE Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
39. Buccaneers - CB Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)
40. Bills - OL Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
41. Broncos - LB Mack Wilson (Alabama)
42. Bengals - OT Kaleb McGary (Washington)
43. Lions - RB Damien Harris (Alabama)
44. Packers - WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
45. Falcons - CB Justin Layne (Michigan State)
46. Redskins - DE Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)
47. Panthers - CB Julian Love (Notre Dame)
48. Dolphins - OG Chris Lindstrom (Boston College)
49. Browns - DT Dre'Mont Jones (Ohio State) - Could it really be two years in a row the Browns take a Buckeye who grew up in the Cleveland area with a premium pick? Why not? Cleveland bolstered its interior defensive line with the signing of Sheldon Richardson, but there's room for more depth. Jones could come in right away and play a key role as a situational lineman.

80. CB Jamel Dean (Auburn) - He was beat up by multiple knee injuries to start his college career, but he's thrived ever since. No cornerback ran a faster 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine than Dean, giving Cleveland plenty of upside for a depth addition in the defensive backfield.

The staff of decided to gather for one last mock draft before the actual draft takes place Thursday-Saturday in Nashville. Since the Browns don't own a first-round pick, we went two rounds deep. View photos of our picks for the Browns.

Jason Gibbs - Producer, Content and Production

33. Cardinals - OT Kaleb McGary (Washington)
34. Colts - S Juan Thornhill (Virginia)
35. Raiders - RB Damien Harris (Alabama)
36. 49ers - WR N'Keal Harry (Arizona State)
37. Giants - DE Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)
38. Jaguars - OT Greg Little (Ole Miss)
39. Buccaneers - S Darnell Savage Jr. (Maryland)
40. Bills - DT Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
41. Broncos - C Garrett Bradbury (NC State)
42. Bengals - TE Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
43. Lions - WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)
44. Packers - WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
45. Falcons - OLB Chase Winovich (Michigan)
46. Redskins - QB Ryan Finley (NC State)
47. Panthers - S Nasir Adderley (Delaware)
48. Dolphins - OG Chris Lindstrom (Boston College)
49. Browns - CB Deandre Baker (Georgia) - I want to take DT Dre'Mont Jones from Ohio State. I really do. But you can't have enough CBs, and when a guy whom many thought could be a first-rounder early in the draft process is available, you go get him.

80. Browns - OLB Jachai Polite (Florida) - I think the Browns go all defense on their official "first day" of the draft. See ball. Get ball. This guy didn't have a great draft process but his tape doesn't lie.

Nick Shook - Staff Writer

33. Cardinals - WR N'Keal Harry (Arizona State)
34. Colts - S Taylor Rapp (Washington)
35. Raiders - DT Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame)
36. 49ers - CB Deandre Baker (Georgia)
37. Giants - C Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State)
38. Jaguars - TE Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
39. Buccaneers - S Nasir Adderley (Delaware)
40. Bills - WR A.J. Brown (Mississippi)
41. Broncos - OT Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
42. Bengals - DE Chase Winovich (Michigan)
43. Lions - S Darnell Savage Jr. (Maryland)
44. Packers - WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford)
45. Falcons - OT Kaleb McGary (Washington)
46. Redskins - WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
47. Panthers - S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)
48. Dolphins - RB David Montgomery (Iowa State)
49. Browns - OT Greg Little (Ole Miss) - I'd love to pair a local kid (Ohio State DT Dre'Mont Jones, Michigan State CB Justin Layne) with this selection, but Little was a tackle who was seen as a first-rounder before the pre-draft process began. His pro comparison is Duane Brown, who's still doing a damn good job in the latter portion of his career in Seattle. For a team that has its left tackle on a one-year contract and nothing reliable behind it, getting Little at this spot makes the most sense.

80. Browns - CB Justin Layne (Michigan State) - Looks like we made it work after all. Layne's combine workout didn't grab a bunch of eyes, but he's long and will be able to cover a variety of receivers opposite shutdown corner Denzel Ward. The Browns create an all-Big Ten cornerback pairing with versatility and a high ceiling by adding Layne here, which is a great get when considering draft position.

Nathan Zegura - Senior Media Broadcaster

33. Cardinals - OG Chris Lindstrom (Boston College)
34. Colts - S Johnathan Abram (Mississippi State) 
35. Raiders – CB Justin Layne (Michigan State)
36. 49ers - WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
37. Giants - OT Greg Little (Ole Miss)
38. Jaguars - TE Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
39. Buccaneers - S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)
40. Bills - OT Kaleb McGary (Washington)
41. Broncos - OT Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
42. Bengals - LB Mack Wilson (Alabama) 
43. Lions - S Darnell Savage Jr. (Maryland)
44. Packers - WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)
45. Falcons - CB Deandre Baker (Georgia)
46. Redskins - WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
47. Panthers - DT Dre'Mont Jones (Ohio State) 
48. Dolphins - RB Damien Harris (Alabama)
49. Browns - S Taylor Rapp (Washington) - Rapp was a consensus first-rounder prior to running a 4.78 40-yard dash. Apparently, this was music to the ears of many around the league who think they can now steal a first-round talent in the second round. Well, Dorsey loves to get first-round talent outside of the first round and he pounces on Rapp here. Rapp is the long-term strong safety option next to Damarious Randall and will have the opportunity to develop and learn alongside accomplished veteran Morgan Burnett. Rapp's proponents cite his intelligence, reliability, ability to play the run and to handle all coverage duties. Dane Brugler's draft guide notes that Rapp "is a high-floor prospect, projecting as a decade-long NFL starting safety." I really expect the team to focus on the defense early and specifically the defensive backfield, so I would not at all be surprised if this pick ends up being a cornerback instead of a safety.  

80. Browns - LB Germaine Pratt (NC State) - He's a great sideline-to-sideline linebacker with speed and leadership skills. A converted safety, Pratt is comfortable in coverage and has demonstrated the ability to be an effective blitzer as well.

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