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2020 NFL Draft

Post-free agency mock draft roundup: How have Browns' moves changed predictions?

Free agency never really ends in the NFL, but the majority of top-end talent is off the market after a busy few weeks.

Some teams made significant changes while others laid low. The Browns did a little of both, addressing needs at cornerback (Tramon Williams), defensive line (Randy Stark), wide receiver (Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe) and potentially landing a Day 1 starter at quarterback (Josh McCown) while remaining responsible and calculated with their spending.

How much those moves affected their draft board depends on who you ask.

12 - WR Kevin White (West Virginia)

19 - DT Danny Shelton (Washington)

Of note: Based on most other mock drafts, this would be viewed as too good to be true by most Browns fans. White, who was one of the stars at the NFL Combine, has been projected as high as No. 4 to the Raiders and Shelton has been tabbed as high as No. 7 to the Bears. Anything can happen on draft day, though. And if this does … oh my.

12 - Shelton

19 - OT Ereck Flowers (Miami)

Of note: Jeremiah, a former Browns scout, calls Flowers a Day 1 starter despite the fact he's one of the youngest players in the draft and despite the fact the Browns return starting right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. If anything, Flowers would provide competition for Schwartz while padding the depth on an offensive line that was thin beyond the starting five in 2014.

12 - Shelton

19 - Flowers

Of note: What's most interesting in Brooks' mock draft is how far he has quarterback Marcus Mariota falling. Though some have pegged Mariota to the Titans at No. 2, Brooks believes he'll fall to the Saints … at No. 13. That means, of course, the Browns would be passing on Mariota at No. 12.

12 - QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon)

19 - OL T.J. Clemmings (Pitt)

Of note: In this scenario, Baldinger believes the Browns will choose Mariota over a player such as wide receiver DeVante Parker. He also expects the Jets to take running back Todd Gurley at No. 6.

12 - OL La'el Collins (LSU)

19 - DT Malcom Brown (Texas)

Of note: Collins played left tackle for the Tigers but projects as a right tackle in the NFL. He's also versatile enough to play guard if necessary. That sounds a lot like a certain Browns left guard, doesn't it?

12 - Shelton

19 - LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree (Kentucky)

Of note: In Brugler's eyes, the Browns would pass on Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker at No. 12 to go with Shelton, who would join Phil Taylor and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen at nose guard. Dupree would be the fifth edge pass rusher off the board.

12 - Shelton

19 - WR Jaelen Strong (Arizona State)

Of note: With the additions of Bowe and Hartline, fewer and fewer analysts are projecting the Browns to take a wide receiver in the first round. Still, Prisco believes the Browns need a youthful injection at outside receiver.

12 - Mariota

19 - OL Cameron Erving (Florida State)

Of note: Erving might just be the most versatile offensive lineman in the entire draft. He can feasibly play all five spots on the offensive line, but the most intriguing aspect is his ability to play center. Though the Browns have Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, there's a need for some depth at the position.

12 - Mariota

19 - Brown

Of note: For Mariota to fall to the Browns at No. 12, the following teams with question marks at quarterback would be passing on him: Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets.

12 - Shelton

19 - TE Maxx Williams (Minnesota)

Of note: The Browns currently boast just two true tight ends on their current roster: Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray. Williams is considered to be the top tight end prospect in the draft, but many mocks leave him completely out of the first round.

12 - WR DeVante Parker (Louisville)

19 - Brown

Of note: For the Browns to land Parker, the Minnesota Vikings would have to pass on him at No. 11. That might be tough to do with Parker's former college quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, running things under center in Minnesota.

12 - Strong

19 - Collins

Of note: In this scenario, Shelton and the draft's top three receivers (Amari Cooper, White and Parker) would all be off the board by the time the Browns picked. They'd be passing on edge rushers Randy Gregory and Dupree in favor of Strong.

This article is part of the Road to the Draft series, driven by Liberty Ford.

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