The Cleveland Browns was one of the best stories in the NFL last season. They eventually broke their playoff drought and defeated their division rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Super Wildcard weekend. Then the Browns almost had a miraculous surprise over them Kansas City Chiefs the next week at Arrowhead.
For a team that didn’t have a superstar against Odell Beckham Jr. and a beleaguered secondary for most of the season, they shocked the entire football world. Heading into the off-season, the Browns made sure their secondary school was sustained with the signings of John Johnson III and Troy Hill.
Or you could use more help on the secondary and defense lines across from Myles Garrett. The Browns have their 26th overall win in the 2021 NFL Draft and could use it to address their defenses.
Round 1: No. 26 overall
Round 2: No. 59
Round 3: No. 89, No. 91 (of saints)
Round 4: No. 110 (from Eagles), No. 132
Round 5: No. 169 (from Rams)
Round 6: No. 211
Round 7: No. 257 (from invoices)
Insult: Broad receiver
If there was a team need for the Browns on the offensive, this is a broad receiver. Now you don’t have to spend a first or second round on the position. However, you should consider adding another dynamic recipient later on day two or three of draft.
Last season, the Browns received a sixth round production from Donovan Peoples-Jones, who had 14 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns. If the Browns were to be targeting a broad receiver in the draft, they should consider a deep threat to expand the field.
Some options could be Dyami Brown, Tylan Wallace, or D’Wayne Eskrdige from West Michigan. Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt listed Eskridge as his seventh best flanker in the 2021 WR Draft class and says he’s a real game breaker.
But when it comes to defense, the Browns need an extra pass rusher or linebacker to improve this unit tremendously. If they linebacker at # 26, Tulsa’s Zaven Collins wouldn’t be a bad path. Collins is one of the best linebackers in the class who he can almost make it for. That season he had a total of 54 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, four sacks and four interceptions for the Golden Hurricanes.
If I were Andrew Berry, who’s the Browns GM, I’ll run on the podium to get Zaven Collins from Tulsa. The secondary school is much better tuned and with the addition of Johnson III and Hill, their problems last season should be fixed. Imagine adding a linebacker of Collins’ skills who can play as Emory Hunt either indoors or outdoors. This is dangerous and can give the offensive and opposing quarterbacks something else to think about.