The Browns took a major step forward as a franchise last season, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Cleveland also crushed Pittsburgh in its wild-card game, showing its AFC North rival that the Browns should not be taken lightly.
Now Cleveland is looking to prove that campaign was more than just a one-hit wonder. The Browns are loaded with nine total NFL Draft picks this year, giving the front office several opportunities to land young prospects that could help the team continue its upward trajectory.
Here’s a look at the Browns’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:
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Browns draft picks 2021: When does Cleveland pick?
- Round 1, Pick No. 26
- Round 2, Pick No. 59
- Round 3, Pick No. 89
- Round 3, Pick No. 91
- Round 4, Pick No. 110
- Round 4, Pick No. 132
- Round 5, Pick No. 169
- Round 6, Pick No. 211
- Round 7, Pick No. 257
Browns 2021 NFL Draft order
|3||28 (from Saints)|
|4||5 (from Eagles)|
|5||25 (from Rams)|
|7||30 (from Bills)|
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Browns NFL Draft needs
- Defensive line: Myles Garrett totaled 12 sacks last season, further solidifying himself as one of the best pass rushers in the game. The Browns should prioritize landing another defensive end or tackle to give opposing quarterbacks even more nightmares.
- Linebacker: If Cleveland wants a blend of pass rushing and coverage ability, then it may lean more toward a linebacker than a defensive lineman. That position group could use an upgrade.
- Wide receiver: Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are a talented tandem, but the Browns should consider adding a wide receiver who can develop as Baker Mayfield hits his prime.
Browns mock draft 2021
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Browns, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:
|4||5||Jonathon Cooper||EDGE||Ohio State|
|6||27||Joshua Kaindoh||EDGE||Florida State|
|7||30||Pressley Harvin III||P||Georgia Tech|