If there’s one thing the Cleveland Browns did in in the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s bring in more talent. The Browns had an excellent draft, garnering players who can make an impact on their team this season. It all started because of the team’s front office who managed to answer the Brown’ needs via free agency hence why they had all the flexibility in the draft.
The Browns selected rookies Greg Newsome, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Anthony Schwartz, James Hudson, Tommy Togiai, Tony Fields II, Richard LeCounte and Demetric Felton. Based on all these names, the AFC North division team upgraded their defense, playmaking and basically added more depth. Here are three of the best moves the Browns pulled off in this year’s draft:
Drafting Newsome No.26 in Round 1
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Newsome had an opposing QBR of 3.4 as the primary defender in the FBS—making him third best in the league. With Newsome on board, the Browns’ cornerback rotation should be a little more deep and talented this coming season. Newsome will likely join a roster with Jadeveon Clowney, John Johnson III, Andrew Billings and Grant Delpit which on paper already sounds way better than their 2020 defensive line. This team has the potential to finish as one of the best defenses this season.
Drafting Owusu-Koramoah No.52 in Round 2
Despite falling to 52, Owusu-Koramoah was a steal for the Browns. The reason why a ton of teams skipped on him was reportedly because of a potential heart issue. But the Browns are betting on their new playmaking linebacker. He may not start right away but Notre Dame standout will enjoy his speed and ability to attack opposing offenses. He can also play all over the field and will fit in the Brown’s coaching scheme—something this team lacked last season.
Drafting Schwartz No.91 in Round 2
Dubbed as the fastest player in the draft, Schwartz can provide an offense dynamic for the Browns. He’s a speedy receiver that can fly and be a threat to the top off defense of the Browns’ opponents. Schwartz has a speed of 4.25 so the Browns will find ways to get him on the field when they need him the most.
It was a great draft for the Browns, who managed to find upgrades in different aspects of their roster. They went on a run in the second half of last season thanks to their offense, which they managed to keep and even upgrade. There’s a good chance that their offense leads them on a run once again but with more defensive pieces in the mix, they have the potential to make more noise.
They ended last season losing with the record of 11-5, dropping to the Kansas Chiefs in the divisional round. Their roster is now more equipped with speed, versatility and depth to hopefully get past the Chiefs, Bills and Ravens for a possible Superbowl appearance. They could still pick up a few minor pieces but their current 53-man roster right now seems all about set for the upcoming season.