Round 3, Pick 17: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
Another player from a small school talent with big-time production, Andy Isabella out of Massachusetts would add to an already young and talented wide receiver room. Contrary to popular belief, a true WR1 is not a pressing need for the Browns, but rather a receiver who has the speed and route running ability to separate in space and get open; Isabella showed the ability to do just that. Besides, do not be surprised to see the Browns add a big-bodied receiver later in the draft as well (spoiler alert).
Isabella put up staggering, monstrous numbers during his senior season, tallying 102 catches for 1,700 yard and 13 touchdowns for the Minutemen. Some will claim it’s because he played against inferior talent, but Isabella’s best game came against SEC powerhouse Georgia Bulldogs; in this game, the 5-10, 190-pound speedster put up a jaw-dropping 15 catches, 219 yards, and two scores.
Baker Mayfield proved in 2018 that he does not need a true WR1, but rather a field of receivers who could get open. Isabella would be just that for Mayfield and give the Browns a burner who can get open downfield and beat defenders deep. A receiver who beat Denzel Ward in the 100-meter-dash in high school said at the senior bowl that he expects to run a sub 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine, and if he does that, he will become a hot commodity for NFL teams.