Browns’ Greedy Williams named a bad fit in Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns made a plethora of moves this offseason. Among the moves, the Browns picked Greedy Williams in the second round of this year’s draft.
According to Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports, Williams is a bad fit in Cleveland. The CBS analyst pointed to the amount of zone coverage the Browns will play under Steve Wilks as a reason for his line of analysis.
Apparently, the Arizona Cardinals ran zone coverage 55% of the time under Wilks last season. That was the third-most in the NFL, with the Cardinals running man coverage around 25% of the time (third-lowest in the NFL).
So what does all of this mean in terms of the Browns drafting Williams? In college at LSU, Greedy Williams was predominantly a man-coverage cornerback. Therefore, the rookie cornerback may take some time before he is the same version of himself that he was in college.
When watching Williams at LSU, he displayed his ability to be a prototypical man-coverage cornerback with his hand-usage and physicality at the line of scrimmage. He may not be asked to do those things as often as he did in college.
Denzel Ward is a similar player. Like Williams, he uses his physicality and ball skills in press coverage. Yet, even Ward will have to adjust to the likelihood of playing more zone-coverage schemes under Wilks.
In the end, Williams may not end up being a bust for Cleveland. It’s just that he may not immediately fit on the Browns’ defense due to their defensive schemes under Wilks. Therefore, Williams may be considered a bad fit for the time being.