Cleveland Browns: 2020 Draft Grades

Round 1, Pick 10: Jedrick Wills Jr, OT, Alabama

Grade: A

The Browns needed offensive line help and they are getting just that. They had to snag someone to start opposite of Jack Conklin and they made the right decision in drafting Wills. While many are worried about the transition he will have to make from the right to left tackle, it is getting blown out of proportion. Wills is athletic enough to make that change and he is a strong and already-great run blocker.

Round 2, Pick 44: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

Grade: B+

The Jim Thorpe award winner fell right into your laps at pick 44, so consider that a steal. Although there were big question marks regarding tackling and effort, Delpit is a warrior. There was a regression from 2018 to 2019, but he dealt with a high ankle sprain for most of the season. He is very versatile and can play either safety position or in the slot and is always willing to make a big play on the ball. This pick just comes down to which version they get. If they get the 2018 Delpit, this pick is an A++, but if they get the 2019 version, this pick could come back to haunt the Browns.

Round 3, Pick 88: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri

Grade: A

This could be another potential steal for the Browns. PFF had Elliott ranked as their #1-ranked defensive tackle. He is athletic, versatile, and has great counter-moves as well. His technique is very impressive and he could have an immediate impact on this defense.

Round 3, Pick 97: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU

Grade: C+

Phillips will be joining LSU teammate Grant Delpit in the Dawg Pound. After losing Joe Schobert, linebacker was a need for the Browns. He led the SEC in tackles last season with 113. He is a great tackler and run stopper as well but lacks coverage skills and pure athleticism. This was a bit of a reach and there were better linebackers available in Davion Taylor and Malik Harrison.

Round 4, Pick 115: Harrison Bryant, TE, FAU

Grade: C+

The Browns spent big money on Austin Hooper and have a former first-round pick in David Njoku at the tight end position, so this wasn’t really a big need. Bryant is a very talented player and was the only D-1 tight end to have over 1000 yards. He is a great run blocker, which is exactly what is needed in Stefanski’s system. He could be a solid backup with tremendous upside.

Round 5, Pick 160: Nick Harris, C, Washington

Grade: C

The Browns desperately needed an edge rusher and passed on Curtis Weaver to select a backup center. J.C. Tretter had his contract extended for three years and is considered a top-tier center, so why draft one when you have bigger needs? Weaver could’ve had an immediate impact on this defense, but Browns are most likely selecting Harris to be their future at the position. He is athletic and only gave up 2 sacks over the last two years. Solid move for the future, but a better/more impactful player was available.

Round 6, Pick 187: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

Grade: B

This Browns receiving core is absolutely stacked. Peoples-Jones never got to showcase his true potential in college due to poor quarterback play, but he has the potential to be one of the better receivers from this draft. He is viewed as more of a project, but with mentorship from Odell and Landry, he may develop faster than expected and give a big boost to this Browns offense.