PFF draft board: Cleveland Browns

Analyst John Kosko takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Browns' needs.

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PFF draft board: Cleveland Browns

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Cleveland Browns:

Round 1 (eighth overall)

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Despite differing reports on Myles Jack’s knee, there is no denying his athleticism and tremendous upside. Jack might be the best pure athlete in this draft class, and his improvement in the run game before his early-season injury was a great sign. He didn’t shy away from taking on blockers when he needed to. While he wasn’t asked to rush the passer much at UCLA, there is nothing about his game that says he can’t. Our top-graded coverage linebacker in 2014, Jack’s role as a hybrid player would be a great fit in Cleveland.

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Doctson is now very much in play for the Browns in the first round after the trade. A position the team has lacked in recent years, Doctson would instantly upgrade the receiving corps in Cleveland. With Josh Gordon looking less likely to every play again in the NFL, the Browns taking a WR early would fill a major position of need without reaching. Our top-graded receiver before injuring his wrist, Doctson’s body control and ability to catch wayward passes is top notch.

DeForest Buckner, DI, Oregon

In a best-case scenario, Buckner falls to No. 8 and the Browns get an absolute monster. Buckner is our No. 2 player overall, and is a perfect scheme fit. The former Oregon Duck is a freak athlete and dominated the Pac-12 in back-to-back seasons. He graded as the best interior defender in 2015, and should be very productive in the NFL.

Round 2 (32nd overall)

Noah Spence, ED, Eastern Kentucky

Spence has his off-field issues, but if he puts those behind him, the Browns would be getting a pass-rusher that dominated the Senior Bowl. He is questionable as a run-defender, but his tremendous upside as a pass-rush specialist is too much to pass up on.

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Any ideas of who the Browns front office likes at the quarterback position is purely guesswork at this point. While we view Lynch as a third-round prospect, it’s not out of the question to draft the former Tiger at the top of the second round. He might be gone by this pick in reality, but the need for a QB is evident. While it’s becoming more likely that Robert Griffin III will be starting in 2016, Lynch is a good option to sit and learn for a year or two. Lynch has solid accuracy (77.1 percent adjusted completion percentage, fourth-best in class) and has good mobility.

Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Mississippi

How the first round will pan out with the receivers is anyone’s guess, but if the Browns pick the “other” Michael Thomas, no Cleveland fan should scratch their head. This version was snubbed of a combine invite after catching 71 passes for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns, posting 2.98 yards per route run (fifth-best in class).

Round 3 (65th and 77th overall)

Bronson Kaufusi, ED, BYU

Kaufusi played five-tech at BYU in their 3-4 defense and dominated, grading as the sixth-best interior defender in the 2016 class. Kaufusi wins with a quick first step to go with arguably the best hands of any defensive lineman in this class. He led all 3-4 DEs with a 13.2 pass-rushing productivity, and his 12.1 run-stop percentage was second-best.

Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Murphy would fill a need left by the departed Mitchell Schwartz. The former Cardinal standout graded as the seventh-best OT in this class, and is a better run-blocker than pass-protector.

Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin

Schobert isn’t going to “wow” with athleticism, but what he does have is an uncanny ability to beat offensive tackles. Schobert does a great job reading the tackle’s footwork and body position, and then make a move that beats him. With the top pass-rushing productivity of any edge defender in 2015 (22.7), Schobert recorded 52 total pressures on just 182 pass rush snaps.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardCleveland Browns Draft Board
Jared GoffQBCal41
DeForest BucknerDIOregon22
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State143
Myles JackLBUCLA64
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss55
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State76
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State37
Corey ColemanWRBaylor98
Josh DoctsonWRTCU109
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville810
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State111
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1212
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1713
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2314
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2515
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2616
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2017
William Jackson IIICBHouston1518
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1319
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1120
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5521
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1622
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2123
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3523
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3325
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3226
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4026
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2428
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1929
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2830
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2231
Connor CookQBMichigan State7532
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2733
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6034
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3035
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3835
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7137
Ryan KellyCAlabama4238
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3939
Eli AppleCBOhio State3140
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4940
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4542
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4642
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6544
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4345
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4445
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5147
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6648
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10949
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1850
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5251
Joshua GarnettGStanford5052
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6253
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5954
Jeremy CashSDuke5355
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7856
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6757
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5758
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5858
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3460
Christian WestermanGArizona State8561
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7662
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6363
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4764
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5465
Su'a CravensLBUSC4866
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7066
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8266
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4169
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5670
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7371
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8772
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9673
Devin LucienWRArizona State9273
Braxton MillerWROhio State9873
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6476
Darius LathamDIIndiana8477
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9178
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9779
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2980
Willie HenryDIMichigan9981
Joe DahlOTWashington State11282
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7483
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9484
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8685
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3686
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10786
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3786
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11989
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7990
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8390
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8992
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6993
Vonn BellSOhio State9094
Matt SkuraCDuke12895
Austin HooperTEStanford12595
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10197
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State13898
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8099
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108100
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150101
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118102
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic93103
Maliek CollinsDINebraska61104
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114104
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123106
Darron LeeLBOhio State81107
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68107
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126109
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132109
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama77111
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182112
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145113
David MorganTEUTSA153114
Austin BlytheCIowa203114
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88116
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102117
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157118
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180119
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173119
Matt IoannidisDITemple124121
Devon CajusteTEStanford174122
Tavon YoungCBTemple115123
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222124
Cody KesslerQBUSC106124
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72126
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104127
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110128
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111128
Devontae BookerRBUtah103130
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105130
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230132
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127133
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142134
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134135
Jack AllenCMichigan State122136
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151137
Kevin HoganQBStanford143137
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149137
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95140
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160141
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140142
Daniel LascoRBCal141142
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116144
Will ParksSArizona100145
Jihad WardDIIllinois159145
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162145
Terrell LathanDITCU167145
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161145
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166145
Max TuerkCUSC113151
Byron MarshallWROregon121152
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129153
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117154
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148155
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168155
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170155
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175155
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178155
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169155
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131161
Jayron KearseSClemson120162
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135163
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137163
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130165
Artie BurnsCBMiami144166
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195167
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196167
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136169
Keanu NealSFlorida176170
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210171
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211171
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187173
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163174
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158174
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165174
Ryker MathewsGBYU164174
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154178
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221178
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179180
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181180
Ian SeauEDGENevada219182
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220182
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133184
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208184
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177186
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155187
Cody CoreWROle Miss184188
Kenny LawlerWRCal193188
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194188
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197188
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146192
Alex LewisOTNebraska183193
Joey HuntCTCU189193
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200195
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171196
Corey TindalCBMarshall172196
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242196
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190199
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152200
Mike RoseEDGENC State223200
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244200
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246200
Blake MartinezLBStanford198204
Teddy RubenWRTroy212204
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139206
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156207
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201208
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206208
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207208
Ted KarrasGIllinois213208
Connor McGovernGMissouri202208
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147213
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215214
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214214
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218214
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216214
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185218
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188218
T.J. GreenSClemson217220
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191221
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186222
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192222
Nick VigilLBUtah State205224
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224225
Deion JonesLBLSU250225
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226225
Charone PeakeWRClemson229225
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235225
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236225
Trevor DavisWRCal239225
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227225
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228225
John TheusOTGeorgia231234
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232234
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241234
Jake BrendelCUCLA245234
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249234
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204239
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209239
Boston StiversonGKansas State237241
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238241
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243241
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233241
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234241
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240241
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248241
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199248
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225249
Jalen MillsCBLSU247249

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John is an analyst for Pro Football Focus and former safety for the University of Kansas Jayhawks (2004–2006).

  • Joeaveragefan

    The Browns trade of the number 2 pick was brilliant! They realize that QB Kevin Hogan is better than Goff and Wentz. Just hide and watch!