The Cleveland Browns are hitting the reset button again after firing Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey following a disappointing 2019 season. To replace them, the Browns hired Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry to take over the reins of the franchise.
There’s no doubt that the Browns already have an extremely talented roster to work with. But even with the talent they already have, Cleveland has a few glaring holes that need to be filled this offseason.
Despite the dismal campaign he had in 2019, Baker Mayfield is still the future of the franchise. Provided that, the Browns need to begin shoring up the offensive line to keep him upright more often.
Heading into the offseason, Cleveland is going to have nearly $50 million in cap space available to them, per Spotrac. Besides free agency, the Browns also possess the No. 10 pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Most mock drafts that have flooded the internet have Cleveland selecting an offensive tackle. In the event that they do take an offensive tackle in the first round, here are two perfect options for the Browns with the No. 41 pick in the NFL Draft.
Aside from the offensive line, the Browns need to compile a list of options at safety. When free agency gets underway, Cleveland could be in jeopardy of losing Damarious Randall and Eric Murray to another team.
In addition, it remains to be seen if the Browns intend on bringing back Morgan Burnett for next season. All that being said, Cleveland will likely be in the market for a safety and the draft can be a way to address the position.
By the time the Browns are on the clock in the second round, Grant Delpit and Xavier McKinney are going to be off the board. However, Kyle Dugger is a name that people should get to know ahead of April’s draft. Despite playing at a small college in Lenoir-Rhyne, Dugger proved he can be a versatile safety in the NFL.
Lloyd Cushenberry III
As mentioned before, keeping Mayfield upright is vastly important for the 2020 season. Last offseason, most people overlooked the fact that the Browns surrendered Kevin Zeitler in the trade that was able to land them Odell Beckham Jr.
Zeitler is still one of the best guards in the NFL and the Browns noticeably missed his presence in 2019. Just a year after the trade, Cleveland needs to properly replace Zeitler.
In the second round, Cleveland could have an opportunity to select Lloyd Cushenberry III out of LSU. Even though he played center at LSU, Cushenberry would likely be best starting his NFL career as a guard. That aligns perfectly with what the Browns need in the interior of their offensive line.