We are only a few weeks away from the 2020 NFL Draft. All things considered, the Browns are in a great spot with pick 10 in terms of who they could take and the overall options. Pretty much, every mock draft that has come out has Cleveland taking one of the many great Offensive Tackle prospects in this year’s class. Considering it is a big need, they should definitely do that. However, there is one player that would cause them to pass on a Tackle, and that is LB/S Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson.
Simmons is an unbelievable talent that would elevate Cleveland’s defense to new heights. His versatility is absolutely incredible and he could single-handily contain Lamar Jackson in the AFC North. If he does fall to 10 and the Browns take him, then what would they do about getting a tackle? Well fortunately for them, there are several options out there. Let’s take a look at what they are.
Trade back into the mid/late 1st round
Once you get past the top 10 tackle prospects, there are still some really talented players that will likely go later in the 1st round. The Browns could give up their 2nd round pick, 3rd round pick, and possibly a positional player to move back into the 1st round to draft a prospect such as Ezra Cleveland, Austin Jackson, or Josh Jones. Having arguably the best Offensive Line coach in Bill Callahan, he could coach these prospects up to either start in 2020 or be ready to go if they were to sign Jason Peters and he went down.
Take a Tackle with pick 41
This Offensive Linemen class is very deep this year. The Browns could simply take the best Tackle available with pick 41. What’s tricky about that is that they will then miss out on a Safety or Linebacker that they also desperately need. But if they decide to wait till 41, there are some solid prospects such as Isaiah Wilson, Prince Tega Wanogho, Lucas Niang, or even Ezra Cleveland if he doesn’t go in the 1st round.
Sign Free Agent Jason Peters
As of right now, Jason Peters is still available to be signed by any team. At 38 years old, he could agree to a one year deal and bridge the gap between a rookie that they draft or serve as a one-year strong bandaid until the position can be addressed in 2021. Even though he’s been around for a while, Peters has still played well the past several years. The biggest downside to him is injuries. The veteran leadership alone could bode well for this young roster.
Trade for Trent Williams
The Browns have been linked to 7x Pro Bowler Trent Williams for over a year now. When healthy, he is one of the best Offensive Linemen in the entire NFL. But the problem is, he isn’t healthy often and he hasn’t played a snap since 2018 or a full season since 2013. Rumor is he is also asking for a big contract extension from whoever trades for him. It would be more beneficial if the Browns could trade for him and let him play for a year to prove he’s still elite, and then proceed with contract negotiations in 2021.
The Browns have several needs, but if Simmons is there at pick 10 they can’t pass him up. He is an instant star and having him on the same defense as Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, Denzel Ward, and Greedy Williams is a very appealing possibility. There are plenty of Offensive Tackle options out there so let’s hope Isaiah Simmons magically falls to The Land!