ARLINGTON- The Browns drafted players based primarily on needs and it worked to perfection. Although some picks may be called into question by the fans and some reporters, the Browns bolstered their offense and defense. Cleveland may also have a franchise quarterback to develop without rushing him onto the field.
Baker Mayfield has the ability to make tight throws that Sam Darnold may struggle with. Denzel Ward was an unexpected selection but the Browns need help in the secondary. Once Ward adds strength, he will be as dynamic of a corner back as Ty Law and Champ Bailey were. Strength is the only notable concern for Ward.
Drafting Nevada left tackle Austin Corbett to take the place of Joe Thomas on day 2 was savvy pick. If anyone wants to question selecting a Nevada offensive line, just remember where Joel Bitonio came from. Georgia running back Nick Chubb was a home run pick. The Browns could have a top 10 running game with Chubb, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson. Is it really fair for defensive coordinators to plan to take on all three of these runners? Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley loves to call run plays so Chubb is a logical fit and is a big time playmaker. This also makes Hue Jackson’s decision on which running back to start a very difficult choice.
Florida receiver Antonio Callaway is a high risk, high reward selection. He has speed to beat most defensive backs but the off the field issues are troubling to say the least. Browns and former Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey struck gold with Tyreek Hill despite the fact he was arrested for choking and hitting his girlfriend. That was a big time risk and that paid off. Perhaps good history will repeat itself.
The Browns also added defensive end Chad Thomas, linebacker Genard Avery, wide receiver Damion Radley and corner back Simeon Thomas.
Overall Grade: B+