Cleveland Browns early 2021 mock draft: Getting value at linebacker

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Darlin Hayes, 2021 NFL Draft
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Offensive Lineman. Tyler Linderbaum. 81. player. Pick Analysis. Iowa. 878. Scouting Report

The Cleveland Browns put a lot of money into the offensive line this past offseason, signing Jack Conklin to a big deal and using a first-round draft pick on Jedrick Wills in the 2020 draft. They join Joel Bitonio and J.C. Tretter to form what should be a very good starting group to protect Baker Mayfield and open running lanes for Nick Chubb.

The biggest question mark resides with the other guard spot opposite Bitonio. Tretter has position versatility and rookie Nick Harris could slide into the center spot if they go that route. Otherwise, the Browns could look to the 2021 NFL Draft.

Iowa continues to churn out offensive line talent, and Tyler Linderbaum is another promising prospect. Linderbaum has raw power at the point of attack and shows good movement skills. He needs some time to develop his technique but the upside is great.

94. Notre Dame. Daelin Hayes. player. 819. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. EDGE

The defensive line rebuild continues for the Cleveland Browns here at the end of the third round. After adding Jaylen Twyman, the Browns add Notre Dame edge Daelin Hayes. Olivier Vernon is a free agent after the season, and Hayes would be a solid replacement at the position.

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Hayes has some developing to do before he becomes a complete player for the NFL. He shows good athleticism and dips well under contact to create pressure. Hayes needs to better his technique and develop a more complete plan, but the tools are there to warrant a selection at the end of day two.