Possibilities for the Browns at 44th pick, my best guess of the selection
The Cleveland Browns are focused on the NFL Draft, general manager Andrew Berry said Friday. Even though they have irons in the fire to potentially fill holes in the roster, it’s unlikely anything will change until Thursday. So, with all the prep done, who are the Browns looking at with the 44th pick in the NFL Draft?
The Browns are going to stick to their roster and take the player they feel is the best with a long-term focus. All things being equal, I expect the Browns to come to a defensive end. It’s not only one of the most valuable positions on the pitch, but they desperately need a succession plan.
Even if they re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, they need more behind him and Myles Garrett, but they also need to find a way forward that doesn’t require them to enter free agency every year in search of a starter. If they can hit on the pick, it becomes a massive cost saving that helps offset the cost of Garrett’s deal, giving them more flexibility overall.
Houston’s Logan Hall is an intriguing option. He can play a strong baseline with the ability to hit inside like Clowney did. Hall has a good size and there are those who believe his best football may be ahead of him.
However, I don’t think Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods is married to having that big base end that can kick the inside. On the contrary, Clowney provided a unique opportunity to operate that way and he matched his defense to the talent he had. When Woods was with the Denver Broncos, he was more than comfortable playing with Von Miller as a standing rusher.