Cleveland Browns: Three players who could be traded in the 2018 NFL Draft
Running back, Duke Johnson
Former Miami Hurricane running back Duke Johnson has had a good professional career, but not so much as a runner. In three seasons, the 2015 third round pick has rushed for 1,085 yards and five touchdowns, but has 188 receptions for 1,741 yards and five touchdowns.
It’s obvious when you put on film that Johnson is a mismatch on the field. His only problem is his inability to be an every-down back. While he’s a good pass catcher, he isn’t great enough hand off to 20 or more times a game.
Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while the market for running backs is low, it is still increasing. Johnson will demand a decent sized paycheck, but his skill set can be matched by a few rookie running backs in this years draft.
A few potential targets even have a skillset that will allow them to be on the field more often, even on third downs as a blocking back when needed.
Duke could potentially be more of a playmaker on this team if he were moved to the slot as a receiver. While he can still produce out of the backfield, especially when lined up against slower outside linebackers in the flat, it may be time to part ways with the running back.
While the plan to draft a runing back in the first round is unlikely, the Browns could use one of their three second round picks on one, as well as one later in the draft. You can never have too many playmakers on an offense.
Losing Duke may not be something the fans want to see, but Dorsey may still look to unload the 25-year old for future picks or back that can be on the field in more crucial situations.