Those are the exact questions we hope to answer in this Browns 2018 NFL Mock Draft.
Former Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown had a terrible on-field showing at the National Football League combine Friday.
With the first overall pick in April, the Browns are expected to take a quarterback, although Penn State running back Saquon Barkley did his best to put a wrench in that thought process this past weekend. Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson (No. 9 overall, San Francisco 49ers), Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans (No. 28 overall, Pittsburgh Steelers) and Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams (No. 30 overall, Minnesota Vikings). Barkley could be a generational player, but a running back doesn't win games alone.
After one of the more disappointing Combines in recent memory, Brown might struggle to get back into Day 2 of the Draft after originally being graded by some as a first-round prospect. These 12 picks aren't just a collection of later selections though as the Browns will choose six players in the first 65 picks - barring any trades that is.
On NFL Total Access, host Dan Hellie sat down with Terrell Davis and DeMarcus Ware to talk about which athletes helped themselves the most in the combine this year, and Davis was a huge fan. He pulled up during his 40-yard-dash, running a 4.65 that doesn't adequately reflect his explosiveness as a runner. He ran a 5.85.
By far the biggest story to come out of the Combine was the performance from Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Reid, who is the younger brother of 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid, also hit 36.5-inches in the vertical, 10-feet-8 in the broad jump and 4.15 in the short shuttle. He rounded all that off with a 4.65 second 40 and 20 repetitions on the bench press. A couple of times they've spent a first round pick on a player who you can't pencil in as an immediate starter, and it's often been along the lines: Derek Barnett, Shawn Andrews, and Brandon Graham are among the more successful examples. His tests at least indicate it isn't any lack of strength or athleticism holding Gesicki back, which means some coach is sure to believe they can instill the proper technique and get a young star in return. Mata'afa managed only 31.5 inches in the vertical, 9 feet in the broad jump and 7.24 in the three-cone - not terrible numbers, but not what evaluators were hoping for.
Another disappointing Seminole prospect, McFadden produced quality numbers in the vertical (38.5 inches) and broad jump (10-feet-1), but cornerback is a stopwatch position and the 40-yard dash matters more than at any other position.
Wallace ran the 40 in 4.63 seconds and jumped 33 inches in the vertical leap.