How NFL Draft risks like Joe Mixon are weighed and managed

Before and during last year’s NFL Draft, players like Dak Prescott, Robert Nkemdiche and Tyreek Hill tumbled down draft boards due to a variety of off-field issues. Joe Mixon is the 2017 NFL Draft’s prime example of a talented player who has a major character blemish.

Teams at this point in the NFL Draft process are wrapping up their due diligence on players with behavioral issues and injury concerns, and Mixon is the most controversial.

Navigating these touchy cases is a major challenge for NFL general managers and player personnel directors.

Cleveland can’t become totally consumed with quarterback/offensive weapons and forget its big needs in the defensive secondary. At pick No. 52, Cleveland’s best bet at cornerback is USC’s Adoree’ Jackson. A round or two later, Tennessee’s Cameron Sutton should be in play, and on Day 3, Florida State’s Marquez White could be a steal.

A good potential third-rounder at safety is Florida’s Marcus Maye, who would make the Browns feel better about missing out on LSU’s Jamal Adams and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker. Alabama’s Eddie Jackson (fourth round) and Michigan State’s Montae Nicholson (fifth or sixth round) are notable sleepers, too.

The Browns signed Kenny Britt to replace Terrelle Pryor in free agency. They also are coming off in a 2016 draft in which they picked four wideouts, including first-rounder Corey Coleman and rising Ricardo Louis.


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