Browns GM John Dorsey recently opined on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that fans shouldn’t rush to judge his initial Browns draft.
“You can never measure a draft until after three years,” the GM declared right after wrapping up his 2018 draft class.
Using Dorsey’s own words, it’s now apparently fair game to measure his 2015 draft with the Chiefs. We broke down all the picks, both great (Marcus Peters) and ponderous (Chris Conley) when Dorsey was hired by the Browns.
Here’s how Dorsey’s class of ’15 grades out for the Chiefs right now…
First-rounder Marcus Peters is not, shipped out to the Rams for his recalcitrance. Part of the trade bounty is fourth-round rookie safety Armani Watts, who currently sits with the third team on the Chiefs depth chart. Peters is no worse than an A-minus as a talent, but the personality flags at full mast well before the draft have left the Chiefs with a developmental backup safety three years later.
The second-rounder is center Mitch Morse, and he’s the best pick in terms of lingering impact. Morse is a decent starter who has also emerged as a valuable locker room presence.
Third-round pick Chris Conley tenuously holds a starting gig…if he fully recovers from his torn Achilles. His speed and potential have never quite materialized into anything more than an occasionally effective secondary weapon. He is essentially the Kansas City version of Corey Coleman, though taken some 60 selections later.
Stephen Nelson is in the mix to start as Peters’ replacement. He played behind Browns reserve Terrance Mitchell and is probably best-served as the fourth CB with a chance to prove he’s more. For a late third-round pick, that’s an acceptable outcome.
None of the other Chiefs picks are still in Kansas City. Linebacker Ramik Wilson joined Peters with the Rams. Special teams standout D.J. Alexander is in Seattle. Neither backer is expected to play much on defense with their new teams. James O’Shaughnessy is the Jaguars’ backup tight end. Rakeem Nunez-Roches is now in Indianapolis after being a surprise roster cut; he was emerging as a strong rotational defensive tackle capable of starting. Da’Ron Brown never made an NFL roster