2018 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns pick Damion Ratley No. 175 overall


The Cleveland Browns, with only two picks left, knew they had to hunker down and make the picks to fix their holes. With limited holes, however, they decided to double-dip on the wide receiver front and selected Texas A&M’s Damion Ratley. 

Overshadowed by Christian Kirk, Damion Ratley finally gets his time in the spotlight here. Ratley, at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, is a bit of a slight receiver. However, he is a speed demon with the freaky athleticism that the Cleveland Browns seem to love.

Essentially, this could be Cleveland showing Corey Coleman the door. Ratley is bigger, stronger, and just as fast. Additionally, Coleman’s injuries may have caught up to him. With both Ratley and (hopefully) Antonio Callaway, the Browns no longer need Coleman in the room.

Ratley is, in short, a freak. The NFL’s scouting report on him seems to love him, although with his lack of production, it’s not a wonder that teams were wary of his ability. However, it seems that he may just have been a victim of Christian Kirk’s stardom with the Aggies.

This writer, in his heart of hearts, knew that the Browns would be souping up the offense with weapons for Baker Mayfield. But really, he is intrigued by this pick, especially with his incredible size and speed combination.

Ratley is too athletic too ignore, but has a couple of glaring flaws. Not only did he not produce with the Aggies, only pulling down 47 receptions in three years, but he seems to lack the competitiveness NFL teams love in their receivers.

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Hopefully, Baker Mayfield can change that, and get him on board with the nastiness and uber-competitive nature this team seems to hold.