South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore, Stanford's Jonathan Martin, Utah State's Bobby Wagner visit Browns
South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner are among the draft prospects who have visited the Browns this week, league sources told the Beacon Journal this afternoon.
Teams are allowed to host 30 national prospects for pre-draft visits.
NFLDraftScout.com projects Gilmore and Martin as first-round picks and Wagner as a second-round selection. The Browns have two first-round picks (Nos. 4 and 22) to go along with an early second-round choice (No. 37).
The 6-foot, 190-pound Gilmore started each of the 39 games he played for South Carolina, compiling eight interceptions in his three seasons. He had 46 tackles, seven pass breakups and four interceptions last season as a junior.
Gilmore could be a candidate for the Browns to target at No. 22, especially if they decide to move veteran corner Sheldon Brown to free safety.
“Gilmore is a smart, mature player who has good instincts, can be effective in press and will pick up concepts quickly,” ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. wrote in his most recent mock draft. “He tested well across the board, with no glaring weaknesses in his game.”
Martin, 6-5 and 312 pounds, was Stanford's starting left tackle in 37 of the 39 games in which he appeared. Last season as a junior, he earned first team all-Pac-12 honors for the second consecutive year.
If Martin is available at No. 22, he would be a logical pick for the Browns because they desperately need a starting right tackle after cutting Tony Pashos.
“While Martin isn't the elite talent that some make him out to be, he is still very, very talented with the size, footwork and natural athleticism to develop into a quality NFL starter,” NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler wrote in his latest mock. “Martin is very bright and should be able to learn quickly.”
The 6-foot, 241-pound Wagner alternated between outside and middle linebacker and led the WAC in tackles three seasons in a row. Last season as a senior, he had 147 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, to go along with four sacks and two interceptions.
The Browns could use help at linebacker, as evidenced by their defense’s ranking of 30th against the run (147.4 yards allowed per game) last season, so they might consider Wagner.
Wagner missed the NFL Scouting Combine in February and Utah State’s first Pro Day because of pneumonia. But in late March, he performed well during another Pro Day at Utah State, posting times of 4.46 and 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash and bench pressing 225 pounds 24 times.
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