Publish Date: 05/01/2019
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
The 2019 NFL Draft just ended, but it is never too early to familiarize yourself with some prospects that may help the Browns in next year’s draft. Please note that very often players who are highly-touted at this point of the process, like the players in this article, do not necessarily become the high picks in the next year’s draft.
Trey Adams, T, Washington
Adams has dealt with a torn ACL, so staying healthy in 2019 will be a big key for how high he could get drafted. For the Browns, this move makes sense because the tackle position is one that will probably be dealt with in the next off-season. Greg Robinson is on a one-year deal, Chris Hubbard has no guaranteed money coming his way after this season and we are still unsure about what Desmond Harrison can be. Drafting Adams could bring some stability to the tackle position for a long time.
Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State
Willekes played great in 2018 as he had eight sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. If he can put up similar numbers, he could be right in the Browns wheelhouse next year. Newly acquired DE Olivier Vernon’s contract is up after the 2020 season, so bringing in a young talented defensive end will allow the Browns to give Willekes some reps while getting the last bit out of Vernon before he becomes a free agent.
Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
There were reports of LB Joe Schobert being traded this off-season and LB Christian Kirksey has dealt with injuries recently. While I hope Schobert stays with the team and Kirksey stays healthy, the possibility is there that they might not be back, in which case, Harrison could make a big impact. Additionally, adding Harrison next year after drafting LBs Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson this year, the Browns could have an athletic young nucleus of linebackers. Harrison had 81 tackles in 2018 for the Buckeyes.
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Besides having a killer last name, Okwuegbunam is an option because the Browns will probably be in the market for a tight end next season. Orson Charles will be a free agent while Pharaoh Brown and Seth DeValve will have contracts that will be easy to get out of because of a low amount of guaranteed money. As a freshman in 2017, Okwuegbunam caught 11 touchdowns on only 29 receptions.
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
You can never have enough cornerbacks. After drafting Denzel Ward in 2018 and Greedy Williams in 2019, I would be surprised if they take Fulton. Then again, you can never have enough cornerbacks. Also, Fulton’s familiarity with Greedy Williams could be a big help in the defensive backfield. Fulton ranked eighth in the SEC in 2018 with nine passes defended.
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