The Cleveland Browns are set to host a star-studded showdown with the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. This matchup will be headlined by both team’s biggest stars in Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham may have been picked one spot ahead in the 2014 NFL Draft, however, he feels Donald has emerged as the best player in the league, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter:
“There’s no way to even go around him. He’s probably the best player in the league,” Beckham said. “He’s been since he came out and was drafted. One of the most disruptive players I’ve ever seen so 99 has to be accounted for. The game plan starts right there.”
This is certainly some heavy praise coming from Odell Beckham Jr. Although he has never been shy about expressing his opinion, it is safe to say that most would actually agree with him on this one.
Donald has made the Pro Bowl in each of his five seasons in the NFL while being named a first-team All-Pro for four consecutive years. Despite lining up primarily as an interior lineman, he finished just two sacks shy of the all-time sack record during his stellar 2018 campaign. He was also voted on by his peers as the No. 1 player in the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2019.
It is safe to say that Beckham has good reason to be worried about Donald in Week 3.
The Browns’ offensive line will need to provide quarterback Baker Mayfield with as much time as possible if he hopes to get some quality passes thrown his way.