Looking Ahead to Day 2

Updated: May 1, 2015
Danny Shelton

The first day of the NFL draft provided the Browns with two new players. While rumors swirled about the possibility of the Browns trading up to snag Marcus Mariota, the Browns ultimately adopted a conservative approach with their two picks.

At 12, the Browns took Danny Shelton, a massive NT from Washington. Shelton was a common choice in mock drafts for the Browns. His selection bolsters the defensive line, one that struggled mightily in stopping the run last season.

At 19, the Browns selected Cameron Erving, a C/G from Florida State. While the announcement of his name was a bit of a surprise, his selection suggests a long term approach from the Browns. With uncertainly surrounding the futures of Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz, Erving provides some long term stability on the offensive line.

On Friday, the second and third rounds of the NFL draft will take place. The Browns hold pick 43 in the second round and pick 77 in the third round. The Browns also have two fourth round picks which may be packaged together to move into the third round.

Keep in mind that Ray Farmer was successful last year on the second day of the draft. Joel Bitonio, Christian Kirksey, and Terrence West all had productive rookie seasons for the Browns.

Do not expect the Browns to gamble on the flashy talents of Randy Gregory and Dorial Green-Beckham. The Browns have emphasized character during this draft and that is unlikely to change going into Day 2.

Expect the Browns to look hard at offensive weapons. Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong, Ohio State’s Devin Smith, and Auburn’s Sammie Coates are three receivers the Browns have shown interest in or met with.

It is always possible the Browns look at quarterbacks. Bryce Petty, out of Baylor, might be a name the Browns consider to provide depth and competition to the pairing of Manziel and McCown.

Maxx Williams, a TE from Minnesota, has been projected to the Browns in many mock drafts and would certainly help fill a void left by Jordan Cameron.

On defense, the Browns will likely be searching for some pass rush to replace Jabaal Sheard. Eli Harold of Virginia and Nate Orchard of Utah are both players the Browns have shown interest in during the pre-draft process.

Don’t be surprised to see the Browns continue to bolster a defensive line that finished last in stopping the run. Eddie Goldman from Florida State and Carl Davis from Iowa are two run stoppers that may appeal to the Browns even with Shelton in the fold.

At MLB, the Browns may look at Benardrick McKinney out of Mississippi State to eventually replace Karlos Dansby.

Overall the Browns had a solid first day. By no means was it flashy but the Browns filled two needs with two quality players. Both Shelton and Erving will give skill players on both sides of the ball opportunities to make plays.

Day 2 represents a great opportunity for the Browns to add more skill players and depth along the trenches.

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