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Marino | Cleveland Browns draft class reaction

Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Cleveland Browns.

The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:

Selection Position Player School
1 EDGE Myles Garrett Texas A&M
25 S Jabrill Peppers Michigan
29 TE David Njoku Miami
52 QB DeShone Kizer Notre Dame
65 DT Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte
126 CB Howard Wilson Houston
160 OT Roderick Johnson Florida State
185 DT Caleb Brantley Florida
224 K Zane Gonzalez Arizona State
252 RB Matt Dayes North Carolina State


Best Value:  CB Howard Wilson, Houston

Wilson has the coverage skills to carry any receiver into space, and compliments his ability to mirror with exceptional skills at the catch point.

Wilson gets his hands on and secures interceptions at a high rate. He times his leap to compete for the football and disrupts passes with good technique.

Proven in both man and zone coverages, Wilson is able to fit any scheme. He is an aggressive and reliable tackler who likes contact. Filling out his frame and playing with more leverage are the only improvements I see going forward. Wilson has the upside of a high level starting corner on the outside.

Wilson was my 55th overall player in the class.

Worst Value:  OT Roderick Johnson, Florida State

You can see the optimism with Johnson in terms of his length, production, and the accolades he assembled throughout his career. With that said, there are a host of technique issues for Johnson to overcome before he can be a viable NFL player.

When watching his film, Johnson is in a consistent state of recovery due to improper weight distribution, bad angles, and poor bend. These shortcomings limit him as a run blocker, as a pass blocker, and in space.

There are also considerable concerns with his timing, both when executing blocks within the scope of the play and with his punch. There is a major disconnect between what is happening with his legs and with his hands in any given snap. He has developmental upside given his physical attributes, but it would be a major project.

Johnson has a lot to prove before he can be a viable player on Sundays.

Could Surprise:  DT Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte

Part of its inaugural recruiting class, Larry Ogunjobi went on to start every game in UNC-Charlotte football history and earned his way on to the NFL’s radar.

Ogunjobi offers a blend of quickness and flexibility that enables him to attack gaps and work into the opposing backfield. Averaging over one tackle for loss over his 46 game career, Ogunjobi quickly works into the neutral zone off the snap, plays with good leverage, and leads with his hands.

While he has issues finishing plays, Ogunjobi’s hand technique and short-area burst will serve him well as a pass rusher at the next level.

The gripe on Ogunjobi is that he will struggle to anchor against powerful drive blocks, so increasing his functional strength and technique to maintain his gap integrity is a must. Ogunjobi projects as an eventual starter and immediate part of the rotation.


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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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