Cleveland Browns steal prime cornerback in Divisional Spherical 2021 NFL mock draft

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January 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defenseman Patrick Surtain II (2) in action during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A mock draft from Cleveland Browns into the divisional round

It’s officially draft of the season for the majority of teams around the NFL, but not the ones Cleveland Browns. You still have one playoff run ahead of you.

Even so, Brown’s mock designs continue out of habit, and a new simulator for the cycle is being rolled out this week. Courtesy Pro Football Focus. The simulator still has a few kinks that need to be ironed out, but at least it’s pretty entertaining.

For the second week in a row, the linebacker is missing from the team’s selection. This is entirely by design; The goal was to get Joe Woods the staff he needed to properly run his defense and the LB position is marginalized in this base utopia. The more speed and range in the field, the better.

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Patrick Surtain II

CB Alabama

Well that’s a nice start. Not much needs to be said about Patrick Surtain; He is an excellent player with the size (6-2, 202), athletic skill, and covering skills to be an elite player in the NFL. It wouldn’t even be surprising if he took on the CB1 role from Denzel Ward. He’s so good and that’s why he will be a top 10 pick.

These bogus drafts are not supposed to be realistic until the Browns have a free hand in March. In the meantime, the goal is to have fun and learn about potential customers. So that’s what we’re going to do for the next two months.

Adding Surtain to the Cleveland Secondary would be a real game changer preparing the defense to tackle the league’s best offenses.