2019 NFL Draft: Browns “way-too-early” options plentiful

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence
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The Cleveland Browns, for the first time in a long time, look to have limited weaknesses come next year’s NFL Draft. It’s way too early, but also never too early, to start looking at possibilities for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns fans aren’t used to the Browns being good, or even respectable as a franchise. However, it’s very hard not to like what the Browns have done over the past couple of years, and therefore the past couple of drafts.

In short, Cleveland has built a very raw, very athletic team. With the new additions in this past weekend’s 2018 NFL Draft, they also added toughness, nastiness, and a confident edge that the Browns have lacked for years.

Should 2019 go well, and therefore Hue Jackson remain the head coach, the Browns will finally have some stability. Jackson will move on into an unprecedented fourth year, something the Browns have not awarded to any head coach since 1999.

In that case, it’s time to start really building and fleshing out this team. The Browns have a young, athletic core which can hopefully lead them to more than a few wins in 2018. In 2019, it’ll be about the supporting cast.

Come with me on this journey, won’t you? Let’s suppose for a moment that Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward work as advertised, the Hyde/Johnson/Chubb trio works out at running back, and the Browns work out an offensive line scheme that works for both Austin Corbett and Joel Bitonio.

In that case, this draft will be about two things. First and foremost, surrounding Baker Mayfield with weapons and bolstering up his defense. Secondly, depth, depth, and more depth. Let’s take a look at three of the Browns top prospects for 2019.

Disclaimer: we are assuming that the Browns will have the No. 2 overall pick, based on the NFL’s latest power rankings.