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2015 NFL mock draft: Jordan Phillips to Cleveland Browns at No. 43

After picking a top-flight receiver and a talented pass rusher, the Cleveland Browns are turning their attention to the defensive line in our mock draft.

Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature has been a busy dude during our 2015 NFL mock draft, already weighing in with two first-round picks (Louisville receiver DeVante Parker and Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray) to date. Now comes his final pick, a second-rounder, in which he's turning his attention to the defensive line.

43. Browns: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Pokorny: Improving the team’s run defense should be one of the Browns’ primary goals of the draft, but this is an example of where understanding the deep class of defensive linemen pays off. Phillips has good leverage at the point of attack, has good agility for his size, and has the potential to be an every-down nose tackle. One of the reasons Cleveland, and other NFL teams, didn’t spend big dollars in free agency on nose tackles was the fact that they didn’t play enough snaps to warrant such a high price. That could be a different story with a guy like Phillips.

Dan Kadar, If the Browns come out of the first round with a wide receiver and a pass rusher, this choice should be between a big defensive lineman and an offensive tackle. Going with a defensive lineman like Phillips is the smarter choice. He’s a fringe first-round pick who would give the Browns some needed heft up front. Ideally, Phillips would slide right into Cleveland’s rotation up front and provide the team with 400-500 good snaps as a rookie. Phillips has the power to play the nose, but could stay on the field at the same time as someone like Phil Taylor.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 30. Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
  • 32. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
  • 33. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
  • 39. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
  • 41. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

All picks from this mock draft

Browns picks

  • 1-12: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
  • 1-19: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
  • 2-43: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Next up in our mock draft: the New Orleans Saints, whose second-round pick (made by Canal Street Chronicles) will be announced at Noon ET.

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