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Plan of Attack for the 2017 NFL Draft | Jacksonville Jaguars

Free Agency is just in it’s second week and signings are beginning to slow down. With the Draft next on the vagenda,  it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Cleveland Browns and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The team that always seems to be picking in the top 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars, are up this brisk second day of Spring.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Team Needs: RB, TE, S, OT, DT, ILB

Free Agent Losses: CB Prince Amukamara, RB Joe Banyard, OT Kelvin Beachum, S John Cyprien, DT Jordan Hill, CB Davon House, TE Julius Thomas (Traded)

Free Agent Acquisitions: G Patrick Omameh (resigned), CB AJ Boyue, DE Calais Campbell, S Barry Church, LB Audie Cole, LB Lerentee McCray, G Earl Watford

See who we have the Jags taking in the following Updated Mocks| Ultimate | Onebar | Lupagus

Potential Round 1 Targets:  OLB Myles Garrett, TE OJ Howard, S Jamal Adams, S Malik Hooker, S Jamal Adams, DE Jonathan Allen, DE Solomon Thomas, RB Leonard Fournette, RB Dalvin Cook

Potential Round 2 Targets: TE David Njoku, S Obi Melifonwu, S Budda Baker, OT Cam Robinson, OT Garrett Bolles, OT Antonio Garcia, OT Taylor Moton, LB Raekwon McMillan, LB Jarrad Davis, RB Christian McCaffery, RB Alvin Kamara, DT Caleb Brantley, DT Chris Wormley, DT Montravius Adams         Image result for jaguars logo

Potential Round  3 Targets: S Eddie Jackson, S Justin Evans, S Desmond King, S Marcus Maye, S Marcus Williams,  OT Adam Bisnowaty, OT Roderick Johnson, LB Kendall Beckwith, LB Anthony Walker, DT Dalvin Tomlinson, DT Vince Taylor, DT Larry Ogunjubl, RB Joe Mixon, RB D’Onta Foreman, RB Kareem Hunt, RB Wayne Gallman, RB Samaje Perine, RB Marlon Mack, TE Bucky Hodges, TE Jake Butt

Plan of Attack:
The Jaguars hit the defensive side of the ball pretty hard in free agency and may look to bolster their offense with the 4th pick.  The dilemma they will be facing though, is do they take a top RB like Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook or do they roll with the rare tight end specimen that is OJ Howard.  Some may argue the 4th pick is too high for any of these players, but the fact of the matter is any of these guys could be game changers for the Jaguars.  Howard has a rare blend of size and speed.  He was vastly under used at Alabama, and can be a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses.  He could have a Gronk like impact for the Jaguars and him being on the field would make Blake Bortles a much better quarterback.  The Jags may decide that no matter how good Howard is, the 4th overall pick is too high for a tight end, and could look at a running back instead.  So they’d be considering either Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook.  Fournette is a bigger back who runs with an amazing amount of power.  He doesn’t have the softest hands in the world, but rarely goes down on first contact and can get the tough yards.  Cook on the other hand, is a much more versatile weapon. He doesn’t have Fournette’s blend of size and power but he’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and is a quick and shifty little bugger.  The Jags could look to move down a few spots and land one of these two future stars while picking up some extra picks.  It’s still not out of the question that the Jaguars keep adding to their defense with this pick.  If they do, safeties Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker would be options.  It would also be extremely hard for the Jaguars to pass on talented pass rusher Solomon Thomas if he slid here.

If the Jaguars do roll with OJ Howard in round 1, then they could look at a running back at the top of the second.  They’d love to see Stanford’s Christian McCaffery slide here, but with the awesome Combine he had that looks doubtful.  So they’d be looking at Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara.  Kamara is a patient runner with good vision and acceleration.  He is also a reliable option catching passes out of the backfield.  If the Jaguars still need a tight end at the top of the second round, they’d jump all over Miami’s David Njoku if he were available.  Like Howard, Njoku is a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties.  He would be a welcome safety valve for Blake Bortles.  If Njoku is gone they could consider Ole Miss’s Evan Engram, who isn’t as big, but does possess elite athletic skills.  The Jaguars could also look to bolster their offensive line here by taking a tackle.  The Jaguars have their starters in place but age and depth is an issue.  If they go that route, they’d love to see Alabama’s Cam Robinson or Utah’s Garrett Bolles available.  If Bolles and Robinson are gone, the Jaguars could think about Taylor Moton or Antonio Garcia.  The Jaguars could also bring in a safety with their second round pick.  If they go that route, the best they could see on the board would be Washington’s Budda Baker.  He doesn’t have great size but is a wily defender who isn’t afraid to throw his body around and make plays.

If the Jags still need a running back when Round 3 starts, they could find a lot of options staring them in the kisser. Troubled, but talented Joe Mixon could be there.  So could fellow Sooner Samaje Perine, or Texas power back D’Onta Foreman. Any of these three could come in and compete and are talented enough to earn the majority of the carries as rookies. If the Jags decide to beef up the offensive line here, they could see FSU’s Roderick Johnson available. He’s a guy who could go anywhere from the mid 2nd to mid 3rd.  He’s got good feet and long arms, but could stand to add some strength. On defense there are a few areas the Jaguars could address in the third round.  They could bring in a defensive tackle to battle Sheldon Day.  If they do, they’d be looking at Auburn’s Montravius Adams or maybe Alabama’s Dalvin Tomlinson.  Adams is an interesting guy.  Sometimes he’s flashed first round ability with his quick get off and penetration, while other times he gets overpowered by blockers.  The Jags could also bring in a young inside linebacker in the first few rounds, andin round 3, Kendall Beckwith or Anthony Walker could be options.

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Plan of Attack for the 2017 NFL Draft | Chicago Bears

Free Agency is just in it’s second week and signings are beginning to slow down. With the Draft next on the vagenda,  it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Cleveland Browns and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Bears are up today in what should be a key Draft for them.

CHICAGO BEARS

Team Needs: QB, DE, S, OT, CB, S, LB, WR

Free Agent Losses: QB Matt Barkley, QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, QB Brian Hoyer, TE Logan Paulsen

Free Agent Acquisitions: K Connor Barth (resigned), CB Prince Amukamara, QB Mike Glennon, SS Quentin Demps, TE Dion Sims, WR Markus Wheaton, WR Kendall Wright

See who we have the Bears taking in the following Updated Mocks| Ultimate | Onebar | Lupagus

Potential Round 1 Targets:  OLB Myles Garrett, QB Mitch Trubisky, QB DeShaun Watson, TE OJ Howard, S Jamal Adams, S Malik Hooker, WR Mike Williams, WR John Ross, S Jamal Adams, DE Jonathan Allen, DE Solomon Thomas                                  

Potential Round 2 Targets: QB Deshone Kizer, QB Pat Mahomes, TE David Njoku, CB Marlon Humphrey,  CB Cordera Tankersley, CB Gareon Conley, CB TreDavious White, S Obi Melifonwu, S Budda Baker, CB Teez Tabor, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Zay Jones, OT Cam Robinson, OT Garrett Bolles, OT Antonio Garcia, OT Taylor Moton, LB Raekwon McMillan, LB Jarrad Davis

Potential Round  3 Targets: QB Davis Webb, QB Brad Kaaya, S Eddie Jackson, S Justin Evans, S Desmond King, S Marcus Maye, S Marcus Williams, CB Adoree Jackson, CB Sidney Jones, CB Cam Sutton, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeDe Westbrook, WR Amara Darboh, OT Adam Bisnowaty, OT Roderick Johnson, LB Kendall Beckwith, LB Anthony Walker

Plan of Attack:
The Bears have the third pick in the 2017 Draft and will be facing a tough decision.  Do they pull the trigger on a top QB like DeShaun Watson or Mitch Trubisky or do they take the best overall player like Stanford’s Solomon Thomas or LSU Safety Jamal Adams?   The signing of Mike Glennon may indicate which way the Bears are likely to go.  Not that Glennon is the answer by any means. They did pay him starters money, so while I think the Bears will be taking a QB in this Draft, it’s unlikely that happens at pick 3.  So it looks like a defensive player with the third choice, with a defensive end being the front runner. Solomon Thomas should be the top target for the pick if he’s still available.  He’s extremely athletic and would likely line up at end for the Bears in their 3-4 front.  He’s got the strength to fend off the run, but also great athletic ability to create pressure.  He could have a JJ Watt like impact for the Bears.  If Thomas is gone, they could go with Jonathan Allen, if they believe his shoulder isn’t an issue.  He’s a big boy who could play some snaps inside, as well as a five technique end.  The Bears could also land an impact safety here.  LSU’s Jamal Adams is a gifted player who is strong in every facet of the game.  He could come in and be a true difference maker in this secondary.

In Round 2 the Bears may get more serious about taking a quarterback.  A couple of guys they’d be looking at would be Notre Dame’s Deshone Kizer or Texas Tech’s Pat Mahomes.  Both have question marks.  Kizer has great size and is a smart quarterback, who will fit the ball into the tightest of windows.  He does sometimes hold the ball too long, and has a tendency to fumble. Mahomes was ultra productive at Texas Tech.  But teams are weary of that because it is a very QB friendly system.  Mahomes also has sloppy mechanics that will need to be fine tuned.  Again, with Glennon already under center, the Bears would have time to work with these guys and get those issues ironed out.  The Bears have some nice interior offensive lineman but could stand to upgrade at tackle and round 2 could be just the spot to do that.  Alabama’s Cam Robinson could fall, as could Utah’s Garrett Bolles.  Both of those guys are physical road graders who could actually start as rookies.  Taylor Moton and Antonio Garcia could also be in the mix.  If the Bears have yet to land a safety, Obi Melifonwu or Budda Baker would be considered.  Obi would be the preference with his rare blend of size, physicality, and speed.

If the Bears have a defensive end and a quarterback when Round 3 starts then they should look at  offensive tackles first.  FSU’s Roderick Johnson would be a nice get here if he’s still around. Johnson has a great wingspan and is shockingly nimble for a man his size.  His overall footwork needs to improve, and he could also stand to spend some time in the weight room.  If he’s gone, they could look at athletic big man Adam Bisnowaty from Pitt.  If the Bears already have their tackle, they could look at a safety like Desmond King or Marcus Williams.  They could also stand to increase the talent at the corner position and take someone like Adoree Jackson or Cam Sutton.  Both of these guys could contribute right away.  They instead, may choose to take the injured but talented Sidney Jones from Washington and let him recover from his ACL injury for a season before working him into their secondary.  The Bears have some decent receivers but no proven no. 1 weapon with Alshon Jeffery leaving this offseason.  They could pull the trigger on one at any point in this Draft.  If they wait until round three JuJu Smith-Schuster should be considered as could DeDe Westbrook or Amara Darboh.

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Grading the Vikings Signing of Latavius Murray

The recent signing of Latavius Murray has officially put an end to the Adrian Peterson era in a Viking jersey. While it is a sad day we all knew it was coming. His production will be missed, but the Vikings are clearly going in a different direction with this offense.

Murray is a former 6th round pick by the Raiders who has overachieved in his young career. The 27 year old has racked up 2,278 yards on the ground with a 4.2 per carry average and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Add that to 91 career receptions and his above average ability to be a blocker in the backfield and the Vikings did pretty damn good. With only 3 years in the league he has plenty of tread left on his tires and as of now would most likely be looked at as a week 1 starter. Murray has a completely different style than Peterson, he is a more straight ahead runner who doesn’t dance much, gets tough yards and moves the chains.

The tough part will be trying to compare the newcomer to days of old where we would watch AP rip off 150 yard games left and right. So Viking fans need to be realistic on expectations. I see a lot of 70-90 yard games with a few bigger ones in between. Is Murray a longterm solution? I doubt it, but he could help bridge the gap for whatever rookie is drafted in 2017. Murray/McKinnon/Rookie TBD could end up being a 3 head monster for the Vikings offense … and I would be just fine with that.

Grade for signing Latavius Murray: B

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Plan of Attack for the 2017 NFL Draft | San Francisco 49ers

Free Agency is just in it’s second week and signings are beginning to slow down. With the Draft next on the vagenda,  it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Cleveland Browns and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The team with a lot of rebuilding to do, the 49ers, are up today.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Team Needs: QB, WR, C, RT, TE, RB, S, CB

Free Agent Losses: S Antoine Bethea, K Phil Dawson,  C Marcus Martin, WR Torrey Smith

Free Agent Acquisitions: WR Pierre Garcon, QB Brian Hoyer, QB Matt Barkley, OLB Brock Coyle, WR Marquise Goodwin, K Robbie Gould, FB Kyle Juszcyzk, TE Logan Paulsen, WR Aldrick Robinson, OLB Malcolm Smith

See who we have the 49ers taking in the following Updated Mocks| Ultimate | Onebar | Lupagus

Potential Round 1 Targets:  OLB Myles Garrett, QB Mitch Trubisky, QB DeShaun Watson, TE OJ Howard, S Jamal Adams, S Malik Hooker, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Leonard Fournette, WR Mike Williams, WR John Ross, S Jamal Adams, DE Jonathan Allen, DE Solomon Thomas

Potential Round 2 Targets: QB Deshone Kizer, QB Pat Mahomes, TE David Njoku, CB Marlon Humphrey, TE Evan EngImage result for san francisco 49ers logo pcisram, CB Cordera Tankersley, CB Gareon Conley, CB TreDavious White, S Obi Melifonwu, S Budda Baker, CB Teez Tabor, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Zay Jones, RB Christian McCaffery, OT Cam Robinson, OT Garrett Bolles, OT Antonio Garcia

Potential Round  3 Targets: QB Davis Webb, QB Brad Kaaya, S Eddie Jackson, S Justin Evans, S Desmond King, S Marcus Maye, S Marcus Williams,  TE Bucky Hodges, TE Jake Butt, CB Adoree Jackson, CB Sidney Jones, CB Cam Sutton,WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Amara Darboh, RB D’Onta Foreman, RB Wayne Gallman, RB Joe Mixon, RB Samaje Perine, OT Adam Bisnowaty, OT Roderick Johnson, C Ethan Pocic, C Pat Elflein

Plan of Attack:
The 49ers head into the 2017 with a ton of holes to fill and a virgin GM, in former Bucs safety John Lynch.  With the first pick they should just land their QB of the future and start building around him.  It’s worth arguing if either Mitch Trubisky or DeShaun Watson is worth the second pick, but if the 49ers think either can lead their offense for the next decade, they have to pull the trigger. Both of these guys are similar in size and both are mobile.  Trubisky probably has a stronger arm, while Watson has him beat in pure athletic ability.  The plus side for the 49ers is that they did bring in Brian Hoyer, and he can be serviceable for a year until either one of these guys are ready to roll.  If the 49ers don’t take a quarterback at pick 2, then the best value may be at the safety position.  They are set at free safety with Eric Reid but could give him an elite partner in LSU’s Jamal Adams.  Adams is the total package who can cover, hit, and come down with the ball.  He’s an all around standout and could be a long time Pro Bowler in the NFL.   One other area the 9ers could address at pick 2, would be defensive end.  It actually isn’t that big a need for them, but they may see either Jonathan Allen or Solomon Thomas as a prospect that is too good to pass up.

In round 2, the 49ers could go a number of ways.  They have a lot of wide receivers on their roster, but when an aging Pierre Garcon is your top threat, you got problems.  So that is an area they could look, with guys like Cooper Kupp and Zay Jones being options.  They could also land  a big time TE, as they mostly have glorified blocking tight ends on their roster.  Miami’s David Njoku would be a fine choice.  He’s got the size and speed to create mismatches against linebackers and safeties.  He would especially help the development of a young quarterback, as he can become their safety valve and dump off option if their other reads fall apart.  The 49ers could also bolster the back end of their defense with this pick.  They could look at a safety like Budda Baker or Obi Melifonwu if either falls to Day 2. They could also have plenty of corners staring them in the face.  The 49ers corner depth chart isn’t going to intimidate any  opposing quarterbacks, so they could look to upgrade the talent.  Florida’s Teez Tabor, Ohio St.’s Gareon Conley, or LSU’s TreDavious White could all be considered.  Any of those three could challenge for a starting spot as rookies on this team.  Another area the 49ers could address early in round 2 would be right tackle.  Currently, they have something called Trent Brown penciled in as the starter and that needs to change.  If Utah’s Garrett Bolles or Alabama’s Cam Robinson slides to the top of the second, they’d have to give it a long hard thinkin’.  Robinson is a first round talent who could fall due to character concerns. If the 49ers vet him thoroughly, and are okay with him as a human, they may just find their long term right tackle.

In round 3 the 49ers could again look at upgrading their secondary.  They could first look at safeties like Eddie Jackson, Marcus Maye, or Iowa’s Desmond King, should he slide.  They could consider a corner like Adoree Jackson or Cam Sutton.  They could even take a medical flyer on first round talent but recently blown ACL, Sidney Jones.  They could look at tackles, with Roderick Johnson from Florida State being a top option if available.  Wide receiver should also be considered here, and it would be hard to pass on USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster if he starts to fall down the board.  It wouldn’t be shocking to see the 49ers grab a RB early either.  Current starter Carlos Hyde is often injured and the team could look for a solid backup/complimentary piece.  If they go that route, they could have excellent options available in a what is a deep running back class.  Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine, Clemson’s Wayne Gallman, Texas’ D’Onta Foreman, and Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara would all be solid values.  Troubled Sooner Joe Mixon would also need to be considered here.  He is a borderline first round talent, whose Draft stock is in flux with video surfacing of him cold cocking a woman.  Though his character is questioned for good reason, his talent can’t be denied.  The 49ers could also grab a QB in the third if they haven’t done so yet, and would be looking at Miami’s Brad Kaaya or Davis Weeb from CAL.

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Plan of Attack for the Cleveland Browns for the 2017 NFL Draft

Free Agency is just in it’s second week and signings are beginning to slow down. With the Draft next on the vagenda,  it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Cleveland Browns and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Browns and their two first round picks are up today.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Team Needs: Everything but OL

Free Agent Losses: WR Terrelle Pryor

Free Agent Acquisitions: WR Kenny Britt, OG Kevin Zeitler, QB Brock Osweiler (trade), C/G JC Tretter,

See who we have the Browns taking in the following Updated Mocks| Ultimate | Onebar | Lupagus

Potential Round 1 Targets:  OLB Myles Garrett, QB Mitch Trubisky, QB DeShaun Watson, DE Solomon Thomas, DE Jonathan Allen, TE OJ Howard, S Jamal Adams, S Malik Hooker, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Leonard Fournette, WR Corey Davis, WR Mike Williams, WR John Ross, DE Derek Barnett                                  

Potential Round 2 Targets: QB Deshone Kizer, QB Pat Mahomes, TE David Njoku, CB Marlon Humphrey, CB Fabian Moreau, TE Evan Engram, CB Cordera Tankersley, CB TreDavious White, S Obi Melifonwu, DE Carl Lawson, DE Taco Charlton, OLB Takkarist McKinley, OLB Tim Williams, OLB TJ Watt, S Budda Baker, CB Teez Tabor, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Zay Jones

Potential Round  3 Targets: QB Davis Webb, QB Brad Kaaya, S Eddie Jackson, S Justin Evans, S Desmond King, S Marcus Maye, S Marcus Williams, DE Derek Rivers, DE DeMarcus Walker, DE Trey Hendrickson, TE Bucky Hodges, TE Jake Butt, CB Adoree Jackson, CB Sidney Jones, CB Cam Sutton, OLB Tyus Bowser, OLB Ryan Anderson, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Amara Darboh, RB D’Onta Foreman, RB Wayne Gallman, RB Joe Mixon, RB Samaje Perine

Plan of Attack:
The Browns head into the 2017 Draft with a ton of picks and need to use them wisely to shape their roster into a contender.  It’s widely expected the Browns will use the first overall pick on DE/OLB Myles Garrett.  He is clearly the best prospect in the Draft and boasts amazing athleticism to go with his God given size.  The Browns defense would improve drastically by pairing him with OLB Jamie Collins, and opposing quarterbacks could actually start to fear playing against the Browns front seven.  The bigger question is what will the Browns do with their second choice?  The most likely option would be to land their QB of the future.  There is a slim chance Mitch Trubisky falls through the cracks but it’s more likely Clemson QB DeShaun Watson is there.  Watson is a mobile quarterback who can gain yardage with his legs, and extend plays.  If the Browns surround him with quality weapons, his chance of NFL success is very high.  The Browns could also choose a RB with this pick.  They’d love to add the power of LSU’s Leonard Fournette or the versatility of FSU’s Dalvin Cook.  The team could also restock the WR cupboard with speedster John Ross or go with a bigger target like Clemson’s Mike Williams.

The Browns also have two picks in round 2.  If they take a QB with one of their first two selections, then they could look to find him a weapon here.  They could look at TE with Gary Barnidge getting up there in years.  Miami’s David Njoku would be a great choice.  He’s got rare size and off the charts athletic ability.  He would make life so much easier for a young quarterback with his huge catch radius and the mismatches he’d create against linebackers.  They could also grab a wide receiver here.  Some options they’d consider would be Cooper Kupp, Senior Bowl darling Zay Jones, and Ohio St.’s Chris Samuel.  The Browns could also use both of their second round choices to bolster their secondary.  They could look at a corner like Fabian Moreau, Teez Tabor, or TreDavious White.  Of those three Tabor is very interesting.  He could be available in the early second due to his slow 40 time at the combine.  Tabor has good size and is a fluid mover.  His ball skills are above average and he could log a lot of playing time as a rookie.  The Browns could also use a safety as Ibraheim Campbell and Ed Reynolds currently top the depth chart.  A guy who would be very tough to pass on would be UCONN’s Obi Melifonwu.  It’s likely Obi’s Combine performance bumped him into round 1, but if he falls to the Browns at the top of the second they should pounce. He’s got great size at 6’4 and 224 lbs. He ran a 4.40 40 yard dash at that size and is a big time hitter.  He’s a rare safety who can match up well with bigger WRs and TEs that might come his way.  If Obi is gone, the Browns could look at Budda Baker from Washington or Iowa’s Desmond King with their second, second round choice.

The Browns only have one pick in round 3 and maybe they look at a running back with it.  They have two okay backs already on the roster in Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell, but could find a star here in the third in a deep RB class.  Some options that could peak their interest would be D’onta Foreman, Samaje Perine, Alvin Kamara, Wayne Gallman, and even Joe Mixon if they are okay with his character.  These are all very good backs who could get a bunch of touches for the Browns as rookies.  The Browns could also gamble on a couple of injured prospects here in the third round.  CB Sidney Jones is a first round talent who blew an ACL at his Pro Day.  If teams begin to shy away from him and he falls, it would be a wise move for the Browns to snap him up and let him heal up for a season before releasing him into their corner corps.  They could also red shirt talented TE Jake Butt.  Butt was seen as a late first round caliber tight end before getting injured late in the college season.  If the Browns take a young QB like expected, Jake would be quick butt buddies with him when he comes back healthy due to the mismatches his size and athletic ability would create.  The Browns could also look to add a wide receiver here like USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster, or Michigan’s Amara Darboh.

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