Players the Browns Should Trade Up for And Steal in the Second Round

Three players the Browns should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Three players the Browns should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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The Cleveland Browns have had a successful offseason, on paper, addressing the offensive line and making a switch at head coach. They must keep the momentum going and nail the NFL Draft in order to elevate the team to the level they were expected to play at last season.

Cleveland should be aggressive in this draft and trust the scouting process. If they see a player on their draft board that they like, they should go out and get the. No more failing in the draft.

With that in mind, these are three players the Browns should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

3. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Patrick Queen won the national championship with the LSU Tigers.
Patrick Queen won the national championship with the LSU Tigers. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Patrick Queen played inside linebacker for the LSU Tigers, but many evaluators are viewing him as an outside linebacker in the NFL. He's an extremely sharp football mind and has the instincts needed to be a starting linebacker in the NFL. He does most things well and is perfectly capable of playing inside linebacker, given the new trend of playing athletic, safety-like players at the position. The Browns certainly need a linebacker and playmaker, after losing both Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey,

2. Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Austin Jackson was first-team All-Pac-12 at left tackle.
Austin Jackson was first-team All-Pac-12 at left tackle. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

If the Browns decide not to take a tackle in the first round, they should trade up and take the best available left tackle in the early second, which very well could be Austin Jackson. After starting all 19 games at left tackle last season with USC, he was voted First-Team All-Pac-12. He has a few technique issues, but he is fully capable of developing into a solid starting tackle that can protect Baker Mayfield for years to come.

1. Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota

Antoine Winfield Jr. can play both safety and cornerback.
Antoine Winfield Jr. can play both safety and cornerback. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Antoine Winfield Jr. could drop to the second round due to less athleticism than other prospects. Should this happen, the Browns should jump at the opportunity to trade up and take an intelligent, versatile player like Winfield. The Browns need help at safety more than cornerback, and Winfield is the type of player that could come in and start right away, and you can trust him not to make mental mistakes.


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