3 Players the Browns Should Trade Up for in 2021 NFL Draft
By Max Staley
The Cleveland Browns have assembled one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. The offense is absolutely stacked at every position, and the John Johnson addition could help round out a talented, young defense.
At this point, the Browns might only be one high-impact player away from being legitimate Super Bowl contenders. But they might not be able to land that player if they stand pat and pick at No. 26 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With that in mind, here are three players Cleveland should consider trading up for in the draft.
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3. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina Gamecocks
This year's cornerback class lacks a true, no-doubt No. 1 player, but there's still a ton of talent at the top of that group. One such name is Jaycee Horn, the physical South Carolina corner. CB appears to be the biggest weak point on the Browns' roster, as outside of Denzel Ward, Cleveland doesn't have many proven options. The Browns are unlikely to land one of these top-tier corners at No. 26, so they could trade into the middle of the first if Horn is still around. The son of NFL legend Joe Horn, don't be surprised if Cleveland trades up for Jaycee.
2. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan Wolverines
Provided they don't end up landing Jadeveon Clowney, the Browns could stand to improve their pass-rushing unit. Myles Garrett is obviously a one-man wrecking crew, but Cleveland doesn't have a real threat bookending him. Like CB, this pass-rushing group lacks a clear-cut No. 1 prospect, but there are still plenty of first-round talents available. But if Cleveland falls in love with one, the Browns are far from guaranteed to land that guy at No. 26. And it's hard not to fall in love with Kwity Paye. Athletically, he's off the charts. He's a 6-foot-2, 261-pound EDGE who ran a 4.54 40-yard dash. Putting him opposite of Myles Garrett would give Cleveland a terrifying duo off the edge for years to come.
1. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami Hurricanes
Miami Hurricanes' EDGE Jaelan Phillips is starting to shoot up draft boards. There are plenty of talent evaluators who consider him to be the best pure pass-rushing prospect in this class. The biggest knock on him is his very scary injury history. A series of concussions even forced him to medically retire from football at one point. But he returned to the field and joined the Miami Hurricanes. ProFootballFocus credited him with 9.0 sacks and 29 hurries in 10 games last year, which is tremendous production. The red flags here are scary, but the combination of raw ability and production is tough to ignore. Don't be surprised to see the Browns move up a few spots to go get their guy.
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