The 2023 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Browns came out of this year’s selection process with seven picks. The draft started for the Browns this year in the third round after trades for Quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Elijah Moore.
A day after the draft, Browns general manager Andrew Berry is getting wildly mixed grades for his picks. One site gives Brown an A- grade while another thinks Brown had the worst draft in the NFL. Here’s what some people had to say. We’ll add more here as draft grades are released on Sunday.
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Nate Davis of USA TODAY broke the brown draft, regarding their overall grades as bad deals for Watson and Moore. Davis ranked the Browns’ draft as the 31st best in the league, giving him a D grade. Only the Denver Broncos got a worse mark. Here Davis wrote:
They spent this year’s first round pick (plus two others) on Watson and what is quickly being touted as a non-admitted, fully guaranteed, $230 million contract. Their second rounder was used in a pre-draft trade for underrated Jets WR Elijah Moore. In Round 4, they took massive Ohio State RT Dawand Jones – hard to see where he fits in, but perhaps he’s a microcosm of the bigger scheme that will (hopefully) make more sense in time. Third-round WRs Cedric Tillman and DT Siaki Ika look like they can contribute right away.
Selecting Ohio State Football Center Luke Wipler Is A Steal For The Browns
on the team Pro Football Focus Was Too Good For Brown, giving them an A grade. The PFF team especially liked the Third Day selection of Ohio State center Luke Wipler:
Wypler was the 54th ranked player on the PFF big board, one of the better value picks in the draft in our view. He earned 79.0-plus PFF grades in each of his seasons as a starter for the Buckeyes, excelling especially as a zone run blocker (89th percentile in the last two seasons). Pair that with plus athleticism, and it’s looking like a steal for Cleveland.
Mel Kiper draft grade suited for Cleveland Browns
ESPN’s Mail Keeper Brown was also fond of the draft, giving him a B+ overall grade. Kiper liked Berry’s moves in addressing premium positions and finding good value. He was another fan of the Wippler pick, saying that the OSU center could have gone in the first two rounds in the draft.
Again, he did a great job with what Berry had in this draft. He never arrived, and he used his selections on premium positions.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson selected ‘useless’ by Browns
Sports Illustrated gave Brown A C+ grade for his draft, but liked the selection of wide receiver Cedric Tillman in the third round. But one pic really bothered the SI crew:
However, selecting (Dorian) Thompson-Robinson seems pointless given the holes in the Browns’ roster, and their relative low upside behind (Deshaun) Watson.
Brown Finds Draft Sleeper In Missouri Football Edge Isaiah McGuire
Count The Ringer’s Danny Kelly among those who liked what the Browns did in the draft. he gave cleveland a b+ gradeAnd especially liked what the Browns did of late:
I really liked Cleveland’s value on day three: Ohio State tackle Dawand Jones has a really massive frame, which gives the Browns a quality backup at right tackle Jack Conklin who will eventually be a starter at that position. may develop as Missouri edge Isaiah McGuire was one of my favorite sleepers coming into this draft, offering elite length and plenty of explosiveness as a pass rusher. He should focus on the team’s defensive end group at the beginning of his career.
Did the Browns Have the Worst 2023 NFL Draft?
draft kings nation The Browns were thought to have had the worst draft in the NFL. That site — typically devoted to sports gambling — gave Brown a D+.
Tillman and Ika are the only players who can garner a decent number of snaps for themselves as rookies, while the rest will be fighting to stay as members of the 53-man roster.
This article was originally published on the Akron Beacon Journal: 2023 NFL Draft grades mixed for Brown