With Jabrill Peppers now a member of the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns could look at safeties in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here are three options in Round 2.
There’s no doubt the Cleveland Browns are a better team after their two trades this offseason with the New York Giants. In those deals, they landed a very good edge rusher in Olivier Vernon as well as one of the best wideouts in the entire league in Odell Beckham, Jr.
While both those statements are true, the Browns did give up two starters in the process. In exchange for Vernon, they surrendered Kevin Zeitler. Formerly a prized free agent pick up from the Cincinnati Bengals, Zeitler has been one of the best right guards in the NFL.
With him gone, the team will likely turn to Austin Corbett, the No. 33 pick out of Nevada in 2018. Should he be unable to handle the job, Cleveland also added Eric Kush — formerly of the Chicago Bears. Kush has 12 career starts and was originally drafted by Cleveland general manager John Dorsey while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Feeling as though the interior of the offensive line can be taken care of, the Browns need to turn their attention to the safety position vacated by Peppers. There is an in-house option here as well with Derrick Kindred currently slated to start. Cleveland could do much worse than the former fourth-round pick, but they could also stand to improve the position — and they apparently tried as Dorsey made an attempt to bring in Earl Thomas who ended up signing with the Baltimore Ravens.
With that attempt falling short, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the franchise use their second-round pick (No. 49 overall) on a safety to fight for a starting spot alongside Damarious Randall. And with that being said, here are three possible targets in the 2019 NFL Draft.