Cornerbacks (5): E.J. Gaines, Denzel Ward, T.J. Carrie, Terrance Mitchell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun
One of the most remade positions on the roster is the cornerback spot. The Browns have just one returning name from a season ago making the final roster in this prediction — Briean Boddy-Calhoun. He’s a solid player but has to fight for snaps in 2018 thanks to the influx of talent here.
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E.J. Gaines was brought over from the Buffalo Bills and rejoins former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Starting opposite him should be No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward out of Ohio State, but that’s not a given. T.J. Carrie was given a four-year $31 million contract and could be in line to start if Ward isn’t up to the task.
Terrance Mitchell is a physical corner that’s been underrated to this point in his career. He and Boddy-Calhoun may be the least talented on this roster which is a huge compliment to what they’ve built.
Safety (4): Damarious Randall, Derrick Kindred, Jabrill Peppers, Simeon Thomas
General manager John Dorsey traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers and in exchange got a starting safety in Damarious Randall. He’s a ball hawk but most importantly allows them to refrain from using Jabrill Peppers out of position.
Back at strong safety where he belongs, Peppers is fighting for a starting job with Derrick Kindred. The better player is Kindred and he should start, which allows Peppers to play some special teams and get in on sub packages.
Simeon Thomas was a sixth-round pick and played corner for Louisana-Lafayette. His size (6-foot-4, 190-pounds) makes him an ideal candidate for free safety depth.