With their second pick of the first round, the Browns draft offensive lineman Cameron Erving.
Erving has only played offensive line for two years but has great size and is flexible as far as a position. He joins a Browns line that already has Joe Thomas and (for now) Alex Mack and finished as the sixth best line in the NFL. Will probably be better as an interior lineman.
For dynasty purposes, will only help the case of whichever running back ends up with the job in Cleveland between Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. Of course, it’ll help whichever quarterback wins the job as well.
The Browns drafted interior lineman Danny Shelton with the 12th overall pick.
Despite the mess in Cleveland, they do have some good, young parts and Shelton will just add to that. He’s a big player and will fill the gap nicely. However, he’s a classic case of inconsistency and will have to improve on that in order to fulfill his lofty draft status.
He’ll start behind Phil Taylor in the middle but should take over soon. He won’t garner a lot of IDP stats but if he can be a major disruptor along the lines of Haloti Ngata, then the edge rushers in Cleveland could benefit.
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Dynasty Impact: Finally, Manziel is taken after the Browns trade up to get the quarterback. Pairing him with Josh Gordon will be a dynamic duo in dynasty circles but he could possibly sit for a year behind current starter Brian Hoyer. Manziel has the arm and wheels to be successful and will have the weapons to do well for many years. He’ll play behind a great offensive line as well. Manziel should challenge for the first quarterback taken in rookie dynasty drafts.
Dynasty Impact: After trading down then back up, Cleveland gets their man in cornerback Justin Gilbert. The best cornerback in the draft, Gilbert will start from day one on a very talented Cleveland defense. He has the skills to defend passes but isn’t much of a tackler, affecting his IDP value. If he develops, the bigger impact will be on the pass rushers for Cleveland. If opposing quarterbacks can’t throw to Gilbert, holding on to the ball will create more sack opportunities.