Cleveland Browns: Ranking biggest team needs in 2019 NFL Draft
Entering the 2018 season, John Dorsey decided to makeover the entire Cleveland secondary, with cornerback seeing the most change. He sent just about everyone packing as only Briean Boddy-Calhoun remained for the cornerbacks — and he has since moved on as well as he joined the Houston Texans this offseason.
The players brought in included No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward as well as free agent signings Terrance Mitchell, T.J. Carrie, and E.J. Gaines. Of those three, Gaines is now gone and Carrie underperformed considering the contract he signed. As for Mitchell, he played very well but missed a lot of the season with a wrist injury.
Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, they would be smart to add to the position. While they could do worse than Mitchell as the No. 2 corner, he’s much better as the third option.
Without a first round pick, it will be hard to find a legitimate day one starter at corner, but it isn’t impossible. Cleveland has been rumored to be interested in a couple of players at the position with Justin Layne out of Michigan State standing out as the most likely target. He has the length that defensive coordinator Steve Wilks loves and has said he would love to join the Browns since he is from Cleveland.
In the end, the Browns would be wise to use their top pick at corner. They have a strong starter in Ward but finding him a running mate could go a long way toward becoming a complete defense in 2019.