Morgan Epstein grades the Cleveland Browns 2016 NFL Draft. Does Cleveland have a bright future after drafting Corey Coleman with the fifteenth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?
15. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor A Grade
Coleman ended his 2015 season with 74 receptions, 1,363 receiving yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns. Coleman was phenomenal when you consider how many quarterback injuries he dealt with. Corey Coleman did a splendid job at Baylor.
The 5-11 190 lb wide receiver is already Cleveland's flanker receiver and #1 target. Laquon Treadwell of the Minnesota Vikings is also a #1 target and Coleman had to compete with Treadwell to be the top receiver taken so I'll give this an A grade.
32. Emmanuel Ogbah, 3-4 RE, Oklahoma St B Grade
Cleveland used this pick on a backup 3-4 right end for depth. Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was a first round prospect with outstanding ability in the 4-3. The only problem is Cleveland runs a 3-4. I could see Ogbah jumping John Hughes as the starter at some point. I think Ogbah will push Hughes to the limit.
Ogbah is a 4-3 only guy. This pick makes no sense unless Cleveland moves to the 4-3.
65. Carl Nassib, 3-4 LE, Penn State F Grade
Carl Nassib didn't do much until his senior season. Nassib is listed as a third string 3-4 left end on Cleveland's depth chart.
Xavier Cooper was drafted later than Nassib in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Nassib cannot even beat out Cooper for a backup spot, and that has to concern you.
76. Shon Coleman, LT, Auburn B+ Grade
Cleveland failed to get an immediate starter at right tackle. One thing they did right was find a successor to groom behind Joe Thomas, and they accomplished that by drafting Shon Coleman as a backup left tackle.
93. Cody Kessler, QB, USC F Grade
Here is an update on the Browns quarterback situation. Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III are battling for the starting job. Austin Davis and third round pick Cody Kessler are competing for the third string gig and Davis is winning that battle.
Kessler was surrounded by great receivers and offensive linemen at USC. It comes as no surprise that those Trojans made Kessler look better than he really is.
99. Joe Schobert, 3-4 LOLB, Wisconsin C Grade
Cleveland has Nate Orchard and Paul Kruger as their starting outside linebackers. Orchard should be their 3-4 right outside linebacker with Kruger as the starting 3-4 left outside linebacker. Armonty Bryant and Barkevious Mingo are both backups with Schobert as a third stringer. Schobert has enough talent to beat out Mingo for that backup spot so I expect an intense competition between Mingo and Schobert when Browns training camp arrives.
114. Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn F Grade
Ricardo Louis is the #5 receiver on Cleveland's depth chart. He's basically a third string wide receiver with a limited role in the outside at this point since Louis is 6-1 204 lbs.
129. Derrick Kindrid, FS, TCU F Grade
Derrick Kindrid is a third string safety at best. This is clearly another F grade for the Browns.
138. Seth DeValve, WR, Princeton F Grade
Seth DeValve was clearly a reach. He may not even make the Browns roster.
154. Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA F Grade
Jordan Payton is the #6 receiver on the Browns depth chart. Payton is mainly a backup slot receiver in a very limited role.
168. Spencer Drango, RG, Baylor B Grade
Spencer Drango gives Cleveland a backup right guard for depth behind John Greco. This is a solid pick that warranted a B grade since Drango has the versatility to play offensive tackle or guard on either side.
172. Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State F Grade
Rashard Higgins is known as Hollywood Higgins. That flash may have turned some teams off plus he's the #7 receiver on Cleveland's depth chart.
173. Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana-Monroe F Grade
Trey Caldwell may not even make the roster. This was another terrible pick by the Browns.
250. Scooby Wright, 3-4 MLB, Arizona F Grade
Scooby Wright is a third string 3-4 middle linebacker on Cleveland's depth chart. The Browns get another F grade for taking Wright despite him being a first round prospect at one point.
Cleveland Browns Team Grade: D Grade
Cleveland had a horrible draft outside of Corey Coleman at 15. I gave the Browns an F grade on 9/14 of their picks They tricked the Eagles into giving them a 2017 first round pick so for that and getting Corey Coleman at 15, I'll spare them with a D grade.
I'm interested to see what Robert Griffin III can do with Corey Coleman. He has to beat out Josh McCown for the starting job, and if both quarterbacks screw up bad enough, the Browns will draft a quarterback in 2017 with one of their 2 first rounders.
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