Head Coach: Kevin Stefanski
It finally happened. After 20 years or so of being the joke of the NFL, the Browns finally put it all together and reached the post season. Not only that…. the knocked off the Steelers and came close to taking out the Chiefs, although they did manage to do that in a very Browns-ish way, failing to take advantage of KC losing Mahomes in the 3rd quarter… but after finally cracking their own glass ceiling, the Browns were a punch line no more.
1-26 CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
2-52 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
3-91 WR Anthony Schwartz, Auburn
4-110 T James Hudson, Cincinnati
4-132 NT Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
5-153 LB Tony Fields, West Virginia
5-169 DB Richard LeCounte, Georgia
6-211 RB Demetric Felton, UCLA
2021 looks like a solid draft for the Browns; nothing flashy, just a bunch of pieces for the D, 3 or 4 of whom could see significant playing time this year. Schwartz was a bit of a gamble… real consistency issues but huge upside.
Key Pick Ups
Jadeveon Clowney – DE (from Titans)
Takkarist McKinley – DE (from Falcons)
John Johnson – S (from Rams)
The Browns revamped their D line; Clowney and McKinley are two primary pieces. Johnson will improve the defensive backfield, which was a weak spot.
Sheldon Richardson – DT (to Vikings)
Larry Ogunjobi – DT (to Bengals)
Olivier Vernon – DE (FA)
All castoffs from that revamped line.
Offensive Coordinator: Alex Van Pelt
2020 Points Scored: 408 (14th)
On paper, the Browns have the potential to be the best offense in the NFL. There isn’t a better 1-2 punch in the league at RB than Chubb and Hunt. The WR corps is solid, if not great, but needs a true deep threat. A top 5 TE group, and the best O-line in the game. But…. Baker Mayfield. Baker’s game took a huge leap in 2020, but there were still moments when his decision making was a weakness. Defenses have had a year to adjust to his recent success, so the biggest question will be… was 2020 a fluke? Will he go back to the Baker we all know, or will his ascent continue?
Defensive Coordinator: Joe Woods
2020 Points Allowed: 419 (21st)
The D was the biggest problem for the Browns in 2020. They couldn’t generate consistent pressure, and were bottom 10 against the pass. The line was revamped, but none of the guys brought in are a sure thing. There is the potential to be much better, but there’s an equal chance it will be a disaster.
Outside of the kicker, the Browns special teams was a liability in 2020. There will be wholesale changes, and new faces were brought in to bolster the return and coverage teams, but this is one of the big unknowns heading into 2021
If Things Go Well
If the pieces fall together, and Baker doesn’t go back to being… well, Baker… possibly the most talented roster in the league top to bottom could wind up leading the Browns to their first Super Bowl.
If They Don’t
Much rests on the D line being able to generate pressure, especially with the number of good QBs on the schedule, and the ones they’ll need to go through to get to the promised land. The D is a question mark as well… a load of former pro bowl players doesn’t always equal success. This could be one of the best units in the league, or a disaster.
There really is too much talent here for the Browns to fail. It’s hard to bank on Baker…. show us one more year like last year. The D should be better, but we’ll have to see it work. At worst, Cleveland should still see the post season again.
|at Jacksonville Jaguars|
|New York Giants|
|at Atlanta Falcons|
|at Kansas City Chiefs|
|at Minnesota Vikings|
|at Los Angeles Chargers|
|at Cincinnati Bengals|
|at New England Patriots|
|at Baltimore Ravens|
|Las Vegas Raiders|
|at Green Bay Packers|
|at Pittsburgh Steelers|
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