The 2019 NFL Draft isn't an afterthought, but the draft is no longer the biggest event of the year for Cleveland Browns fans.

That's thanks to the team holding the No. 17 pick in the draft, after two consecutive years of holding the first overall pick. That also means mock draft projections for the Browns are much more varied than previous years.

At this time last year, the consensus pick for the Browns was quarterback, with it most often being Southern California's Sam Darnold. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland's eventual pick at No. 1, and Josh Rosen were also considered in plenty of mock drafts.

A cursory look at mock drafts published this week shows a variety of both names and positions. Here is the pick by the Browns in a few different mock drafts:

Bleacher Report - Matt Miller (link)

The pick: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

The Browns limped by with Greg Robinson as a Band-Aid at the position after Joe Thomas retired last offseason; and while Robinson did solid work, he's not the team's answer for the future.

Cajuste is a top-tier athlete at left tackle, showing excellent footwork combined with good length and strength to handle power and speed rushers.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (link)

The pick: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Cleveland has improved its roster so much in recent years and the core nucleus of building blocks has never been easier to identify for the Browns. Adding Wilkins to the mix would continue that trend of acquiring culture-changing players to the roster.

Draft Analyst - Tony Pauline (link)

The pick: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Texas A&M

I may demand a mulligan on this pick, but a terrific source tells me the belief is that Brown general manager John Dorsey will select Simmons. I’ll have more on the Mississippi State defensive tackle Wednesday.

Pro Football Focus - Michael Renner (link)

The pick: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker may not do any one thing, in particular, that could be described as ‘elite,’ but his collection of skills has led to elite production. Baker earned a 90.0 grade this past year and a 89.6 grade in 2017.

NFL.com - Lance Zierlein (link)

The pick: Devin White, LB, LSU

Speed, speed, speed. White plays with good physicality and can really run. The Browns are looking for a linebacker with a nose for the football and that's White.

NFL.com - Chad Reuter (link)

The pick: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

If the quarterbacks don't go early in Round 1, Wilkins will probably be off the board before this pick. However, if there's an early run on passers, there will be some bargains, like Wilkins at No. 17.

 

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (link)

The pick: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

The Browns surprise with Butler, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound field-stretcher fresh off a 1,300-yard season at Iowa State. He has a scary "my ball" mentality and impressive yards-after-the-catch skills. Music to the ears of Baker Mayfield.

DraftWire - Luke Easterling (link)

The pick: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

There are fewer holes than you might expect on this roster, and while most of this defensive line is loaded with young talent, the Browns still need a disruptive force at the 3-technique spot. That’s where Gary would be a perfect fit, rather than on the edge, where the Wolverines lined him up most.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (link)

The pick: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

What better way to kick off Year 2 for Baker Mayfield than by adding the big-bodied downfield threat he lacked as a rookie?

San Diego Union-Tribune - Eddie Brown (link)

The pick: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

I anticipate the Browns will continue to surround Baker Mayfield with talent on the offensive side of the ball. Metcalf is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds with elite athleticism — he’s been clocked at 4.46 in the 40-yard dash with a vertical jump measured at more than 37 inches — and playmaking ability. He’ll pair nicely with Jarvis Landry.