Cleveland Browns: Top Prospects To Watch At NFL Scouting Combine

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It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year.

Well, if you’re like me and love the NFL Draft that is.

The NFL announced the list of players that will be attending the Scouting Combine on Wednesday. For the Cleveland Browns, it will be one of the most pivotal weeks of the year, if not the most important weeks in Hue Jackson’s tenure. They have by far and away the most cap space, with Spotrac listing them at around $108 million under the cap, a full 33 percent more than the team with the second-most available to spend!

Good luck getting people to sign in Cleveland.

That’s what makes the evaluations that take place at the Combine of utmost importance in Cleveland. They own five picks in the top 65 this year, not to mention four additional late-round compensatory picks, and they need to get some right. I’m going to delve into a few of the top players available that fit what the Browns are looking for.

MEMPHIS, TN – DECEMBER 29: Jordan Thompson #10 of the West Virginia Mountaineers is brought down by Myles Garrett #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the second quarter of the 56th annual Autozone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on December 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

1. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

From the Captain Obvious department, I give you Myles Garrett.

Ever since he was 16-years-old, Garrett has been making scouts drool. Whether he was a high school junior in Texas, breaking SEC records as a freshman with 11.5 sacks or becoming an All-American as a sophomore, he’s yet to disappoint on any stage.

The Scouting Combine will be no different.

"You have to realize he’s up to 275 pounds now. To be able to dip, bend and accelerate the way he does at that weight? It’s rare. He’s a generational talent." When asked for a comparison to Garrett out of all the players he’d seen, the scout replied, "a healthy, hardworking Jadeveon Clowney."

Miller suggests Garrett could gain even more weight and play at around 290 pounds. Former A&M star Von Miller is listed at 6’3", 250 pounds. Jadeveon Clowney at 6’5", 270 pounds. It will be important to note what number Garrett shows up at and the sort of explosion he’s able to generate. How fast is he. He’s not quite the SB MVP level of a player that Miller has become, but he has similar world class talent.

Garrett blowing up the combine will be great for Cleveland for a few reasons. Either they see they player they want with the first overall pick or, and I’m hoping for this scenario, another team falls in love with him and comes to Cleveland trying desperately to move up. The Browns have so many needs, one player (that isn’t a franchise quarterback) isn’t going to move the needle enough to pass up on a ransom of picks.

With the lack of that clear "franchise QB" option in this draft, this year will again be about accruing as much talent as possible. In a vacuum, Garrett is that option. But, if Cleveland can get a Goff/Wentz type deal to drop down a few spots, they should very much consider it.

BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 24: Safety Jamal Adams #33 of the LSU Tigers celebrates with cornerback Ed Paris #24 of the LSU Tigers after intercepting the ball during their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on October 24, 2015 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

2. LSU Safety Jamal Adams

Why drop down a few spots? Because the next Earl Thomas / Eric Berry type playmaker might be available for their secondary.

In the various mock drafts I’ve checked out, I’ve yet to see the Browns connected to Jamal Adams. Maybe that’s because they wouldn’t take him first overall. Maybe that’s because he won’t last to the 12th overall pick. However, with all the draft picks the Browns have in their pocket, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them make multiple trades in the draft to move up or down and secure the player they value the most.

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That player may just be Jamal Adams.

Adams can do a lot of the things Thomas and Berry can, whether it’s play in the box against the run or being a ball hawk in the secondary and creating turnovers. He plays in the backfield, blowing up plays by eluding blocks with elite speed and his ability to read plays before they start.

Heading into the combine, I’m very curious to see his measurables and how he compares to the NFL stars of today. It’s a shame we won’t get to see Malik Hooker participate at the Combine, as he’s another player I absolutely love.

Going to cheat a little bit and combine the top two quarterbacks attending into one section.

The Browns need a quarterback like you and I need oxygen. The problem for Cleveland is, I’m not sure oxygen is available in this draft. At least, not with the No. 1 pick.

People will clamor how Watson is the next Dak Prescott. Whether it’s or , it’s a comparison I’m just not buying.

Prescott plays in front of the best offensive line in football, with one of the top-three running backs in football, with one of the top-10 wide receivers (can argue top-three as well) and a Hall of Fame tight end. Dak threw just five interceptions in his senior season, Watson threw 17 this year and 13 last season. Yes, Watson played two of the best games ever for a college quarterback on the biggest stage, against NFL-level competition in the Alabama Crimson Tide, but that shouldn’t erase concerns about his NFL-readiness. As elite as Prescott was, had he been thrown into the situation in Cleveland he would not have fared nearly as well.

I want to see if he’s improved his accuracy, especially down the field.

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year.

Well, if you’re like me and love the NFL Draft that is.

The NFL announced the list of players that will be attending the Scouting Combine on Wednesday. For the Cleveland Browns, it will be one of the most pivotal weeks of the year, if not the most important weeks in Hue Jackson’s tenure. They have by far and away the most cap space, with Spotrac listing them at around $108 million under the cap, a full 33 percent more than the team with the second-most available to spend!

Good luck getting people to sign in Cleveland.

That’s what makes the evaluations that take place at the Combine of utmost importance in Cleveland. They own five picks in the top 65 this year, not to mention four additional late-round compensatory picks, and they need to get some right. I’m going to delve into a few of the top players available that fit what the Browns are looking for.

MEMPHIS, TN – DECEMBER 29: Jordan Thompson #10 of the West Virginia Mountaineers is brought down by Myles Garrett #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the second quarter of the 56th annual Autozone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on December 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

1. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

From the Captain Obvious department, I give you Myles Garrett.

Ever since he was 16-years-old, Garrett has been making scouts drool. Whether he was a high school junior in Texas, breaking SEC records as a freshman with 11.5 sacks or becoming an All-American as a sophomore, he’s yet to disappoint on any stage.

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The Scouting Combine will be no different.

“You have to realize he’s up to 275 pounds now. To be able to dip, bend and accelerate the way he does at that weight? It’s rare. He’s a generational talent.” When asked for a comparison to Garrett out of all the players he’d seen, the scout replied, “a healthy, hardworking Jadeveon Clowney.”

Garrett blowing up the combine will be great for Cleveland for a few reasons. Either they see they player they want with the first overall pick or, and I’m hoping for this scenario, another team falls in love with him and comes to Cleveland trying desperately to move up. The Browns have so many needs, one player (that isn’t a franchise quarterback) isn’t going to move the needle enough to pass up on a ransom of picks.

With the lack of that clear “franchise QB” option in this draft, this year will again be about accruing as much talent as possible. In a vacuum, Garrett is that option. But, if Cleveland can get a Goff/Wentz type deal to drop down a few spots, they should very much consider it.

BATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 24: Safety Jamal Adams #33 of the LSU Tigers celebrates with cornerback Ed Paris #24 of the LSU Tigers after intercepting the ball during their game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on October 24, 2015 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

2. LSU Safety Jamal Adams

Why drop down a few spots? Because the next Earl Thomas / Eric Berry type playmaker might be available for their secondary.

In the various mock drafts I’ve checked out, I’ve yet to see the Browns connected to Jamal Adams. Maybe that’s because they wouldn’t take him first overall. Maybe that’s because he won’t last to the 12th overall pick. However, with all the draft picks the Browns have in their pocket, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them make multiple trades in the draft to move up or down and secure the player they value the most.

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