NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah released his latest mock draft and has the Cleveland Browns selecting Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons.
It seems like somebody told someone something about the Cleveland Browns and Isaiah Simmons. Simmons to Cleveland at 10 has been gaining some traction lately as multiple mock drafts that have been released have this as Cleveland’s pick. Daniel Jeremiah has the Browns taking the talented Clemson product at 10th overall in his third mock draft.
Here is the reasoning for the pick from Jeremiah.
The Browns need another offensive tackle, but Simmons might be too good to bypass. He is the perfect defender to match up with the division’s most dangerous playmaker, Lamar Jackson.
While drafting a player specifically to matchup with one player in the division is a flawed process, he is not wrong with what he said initially. If Isaiah Simmons is available at 10 he is too good to pass up. Simmons would be an instant starter on a defense that let two players leave this past offseason. There is not a single linebacker on the team who can be pointed to as a starter at this point in time and Simmons could help alleviate that issue.
Another reason that Simmons makes sense is three tackles go before Cleveland is on the clock. Tristan Wirfs is the first tackle off the board as the Giants take him with the fourth pick. Jedrick Wills Jr. and Mekhi Becton go in back-to-back picks to the Cardinals and Jaguars right before the Browns pick. The early run on tackles could lead Cleveland to taking Isaiah Simmons and get in on the second run of lineman in Round 2. That is a gamble though as three more tackles go in Round 1. Andrew Thomas goes to Tampa Bay at 15, Joshua Jones to Miami at 26, and Austin Jackson to Seattle at 27.
What Cleveland needs to do is decide if they want to take a risk with the tackle position. If the draft plays out this way it may be worth it. Isaiah Simmons can be an impact defender and the Browns can still get their left tackle in Round 2.