Day two of the 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone, and the Cleveland Browns have selected five players. So far, Cleveland has added Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, Austin Corbett, Nick Chubb, and Chad Thomas. It appears that Browns general manager John Dorsey has filled the most dire needs on the roster. Now he can use the third day of the draft to build depth and truly take the best available player on their board. So who are some potential options for the Browns on Day Three of the draft?
Maurice Hurst – Defensive Tackle
After appearing on our Day Two targets for Cleveland, Hurst has fallen into the third day of the draft. It is apparent that his heart condition is a big deal for NFL front offices, which is the reason he has fallen this far. The question is if the Browns have completely taken him off their board.
Adding a talent like Hurst to Cleveland’s defensive line could take the defense to the next level. Hurst can wreck havoc in backfields as he uses his speed to beat offensive linemen to the gap. It will be interesting to see if Hurst falls so far that the Browns cannot pass on the value of picking him up. But it will be hard to look past his heart condition.
DaeSean Hamilton – Wide Receiver
If the Browns feel like they need to add a receiver, Hamilton should be their guy. He is an excellent route runner that makes it hard for defensive backs to stick with him through his routes. He is a very intelligent person, and uses his IQ to find open spaces on the field for his quarterback to get him the ball. Has trouble with double catches and is the not quickest runner, which will not allow him to create separation downfield.
But the Browns will not be asking him to be a number one receiver, as they would need him on the opposite side of the field of Josh Gordon and find openings in the defense created by the focus on Gordon and Jarvis Landry. He could excel in the Browns offense as a crafty route-runner that manages to get open for his quarterback.
Jack Cichy – Linebacker
Cleveland has a solid core at linebacker with Christian Kirksey, Joe Schobert, and Jamie Collins. But when Collins went down with an injury last year, the Browns did not have the depth to remain competitive. So they should target a linebacker to add depth in the room.
Cichy is a very instinctual player that almost seems to know where a play is going before it happens. He has great technique that puts him in the best position to make a play. However, he is not very athletic, and can be described as a tight player. He also has major medical concerns, as he has not played the last 20 games for Wisconsin because of two separate injuries. With that considered, he would be a great special teams player and a good depth piece behind the Browns core linebackers.
There has been a trend in the players that Dorsey has selected so far, and that is hard-working guys that have been known as great leaders. He also has already drafted two walk-ons, and Cichy would fit all those categories.
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Josey Jewell – Linebacker
Jewell is a similar player to Cichy, as they are both instinctual players. The difference with Jewell is he can always find the ball, and is able to disengage from blocks while keeping vision on the ball. Cichy is better at anticipating a play. The biggest concern with Jewell is his athleticism, and it was shown in his 40-yard dash. Jewell ran a 4.82 40-yard dash, which could be why he waits until the 5th or 6th round. He is another player that would be solid depth and a good special teams player.
Da’Shawn Hand – Defensive Tackle
The Cleveland front office has made it a point of emphasis to build depth on the defensive line. Hand would be a solid three-technique in Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense. He has a big, strong frame and can use his power to control blockers. Has great power that lets him create penetration in the backfield by bullying blockers. However, he struggles to have a good burst off the ball, giving blockers a chance to get their hands on him. Although the Browns already have a strong group of linemen, Hand would be a good run-stuffing rotational player that has the potential to become a starter next to Larry Ogunjobi up the middle.