Browns picks from Dane Brugler mock 2.0

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The Athletic’s Dane Brugler put together a two round mock draft. Who does Brugler mock to the Cleveland Browns?

10. Andrew Thomas: offensive tackle 

With their first pick, Brugler as the Browns selecting Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle out of Georgia. This makes sense. Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard were awful in 2019.  Robinson will be free agent and Hubbard is still under contract. Although, it is highly unlikely either return. Addressing this position will help in two areas. 

  1. Pass protection for Baker Mayfield 
  2. Zone blocking for the running game 

New head coach Kevin Stefanski runs an extremely popular offense scheme. A derivative of what some commonly refer to these days as “The Kyle Shanahan Offense”. Zone blocking and play-action passes are the staples of an offense that goes back 30 years. In order to make sure that they can be executed at their highest level, quality offensive lineman are required. Andrew Thomas could be the left tackle that Cleveland needs to make this scheme work. 

41. Ashtyn Davis: free safety 

With Cleveland’s second round pick they take California’s Ashtyn Davis. The Browns are not likely to bring back Damarious Randall. Even with Randall in the mix, Cleveland’s play from the safety position was relatively uninspiring. Currently the group consists of Randall, Sheldrick Redwine, Morgan Burnett, Justin Burris, Eric Murray, and J.T. Hassell. This includes both safety positions. From afar it is easy to tell that this group needs help. Of course this position can be addressed in free agency, but it is not likely that a high level player is acquired via free agency. 

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