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Browns have the 5th-highest odds to win Super Bowl 54

Baker Mayfield, Browns, Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham Jr. already has an impact on the Cleveland Browns. According to BetOnline.ag, the Browns have the fifth-highest odds to win Super Bowl 54, jumping from +1600 to +1200 in wake of the deal. The only teams ahead of Cleveland are the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Rams (the four finalists from 2018).

This should not come as a surprise because the Browns have one of the more talented rosters in the NFL. It got more talented Tuesday night when they traded for Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.

They have a young franchise quarterback in 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. He had one of the best rookie seasons by a quarterback ever in NFL history. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards and threw 27 touchdown passes.

In addition to their quarterback, he is surrounded by a lot of talent. Their running back committee includes Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson, and Kareem Hunt. Chubb had 192 carries, 996 rushing yards, and eight rushing touchdowns. He also had 20 receptions, 149 receiving yards, and two touchdown catches. Duke Johnson is a versatile running back that can catch the ball like a receiver but also make plays in the backfield. Hunt was considered to be one of the top running backs in the NFL the past two seasons with the Chiefs before being cut.

Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway were very solid receivers for Mayfield last season. Landry caught 81 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns. He’s not a burner but he has reliable hands and already has great chemistry with his quarterback. Callaway proved to be a dependable weapon as a deep threat that had 586 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Even then, the Browns will be looking to add a bigger receiver to add to their young receiver group.

Tight end David Njoku started the 2018 slowly before breaking out when Mayfield took the field. He finished the season with 56 catches, 639 yards, and four touchdowns.

Their offensive line is considered to be the best in the NFL. Despite trading away Kevin Zietler to the Giants, their interior is still composed of guard Joel Bitonio and center JC Trettor, two of some of the best players at their respective positions. 2018 second-round pick Austin Corbett should be just fine as Zietler’s replacement and has high upside. Tackles Chris Hubbard and Greg Robinson protected Mayfield well enough, but the Browns could upgrade there.

As for the defense, not much has to be said. Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and the free-agent addition of Sheldon Richardson make the Browns’ defensive line arguably the best in the NFL. Linebackers Joe Shoebert and Christian Kirksey have both been good all-around players. Denzel Ward was one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL as a rookie.

The Cleveland Browns are a young and ascending team that has a strong chance at winning the AFC North in 2019. They have the talent on the roster to beat any team in the NFL and they’ll be playoff contenders at the very least.

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