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Cleveland Browns: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

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Cleveland Browns Combine Prospects

The top combine prospects will have the attention of the Cleveland Browns in the upcoming NFL Combine. Cleveland has holes at nearly every position on the roster and should be able to land quality combine prospects. Hue Jackson’s team owns four of the first 52 selections in this year’s draft with 11 total.

Myles Garrett-Defensive end, Texas A&M

The presumed number one prospect on many draft boards, Myles Garrett is the most sought after prospect in this year’s combine. He’s been a star since his arrival at College Station. As a true freshman he recorded 11.5 sacks, in addition to All-American and SEC accolades.

Myles Garrett followed his successful freshman campaign leading the NCAA in sacks (12.5). He also posted 37 tackles, 19.5 coming behind the line of scrimmage. At 6-5 270 pounds, Garrett is a natural pass rusher and is capable to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front.

Deshone Kizer-Quarterback, Notre Dame

He’s been impressive in limited time at Notre Dame as he got the opportunity to start as a redshirt-freshman in 2015. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,884 yards and 21 touchdowns. Kizer struggled in 2016 losing his starting job to poor play, but in his defense the Fighting Irish took a step back as a team going 10-3 in 15 to 4-8 in 2016.

Kizer has the prototypical size execs love at 6-4 230 pounds. His arm talent is exceptional and he’s more than capable of delivering passes under pressure. He also adds value in the red-zone as he’s scored 18 rushing touchdowns in two years. Kizer struggles with decision-making and can get reckless with the football but he warrants first-round consideration.

Malik Hooker-Safety, Ohio State

Hooker had a phenomenal 2016 season as he was a first-team Big-Ten and All-American. He finished 2016 with 43 tackles and seven interceptions. He returned three for touchdowns. He’ll make his living in the NFL as a single-high safety. He has excellent range and solid instincts. His basketball abilities translates to the safety position. Coming out of high school, Malik Hooker had several D-I scholarships.

Rasul Douglas-Defensive back, West Virginia

Douglas has tremendous size for a cornerback. The 6-2, 204 pound JUCO transfer from Nassau Community College developed into a Big-12 first-team player in 2016. In 13 games, he tallied 70 tackles, 3.5 tfl, and tied for the lead in FBS with eight interceptions.