The Cleveland Browns traded one of their three fifth-round picks to move up from pick No. 49 to 46 in order to draft cornerback Greedy Williams, how does that grade out?
The Cleveland Browns sat out the entire first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but you wouldn’t know it based on the player they ended up drafting. Cleveland originally had the No. 17 pick, but traded that in the deal for Odell Beckham, Jr. That left them with the 49th overall selection as their first pick in this draft.
Then, rumors started to swirl that the Browns were looking to move up, which proved to be true. General manager John Dorsey gave up one of his three picks in the fifth round to move from 49 to 46 in order to select Greedy Williams out of LSU.
Selecting Williams fills a need for the Browns who wanted to get a starter opposite Denzel Ward — their No. 4 pick overall in 2018. Ward, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, now has a solid running mate in Williams that can bring the secondary to the next level.
Don’t take our word for it though, Williams has believers all over the place, including Cody Williams of NFL Spin Zone, who gave this pick an A+ with his instant reaction.
"“Look, I get it. Greedy Williams is aloof on the field at times and doesn’t play physically. Having said that, they are getting a player that very clearly has first round potential in terms of his physical tools and coverage ability. If he can buy into the culture that’s being built in Cleveland, that is a massively important and fantastic pick for Cleveland. Grade: A+” — Williams, NFL Spin Zone"
Williams alluded to the fact that Williams has been accused of being “aloof” at times on the field. He’s also not the best in the tackling department. Having said that, he’s a gamer who can cover any receiver in the NFL.
Landing Greedy gives the Browns two No. 1 corners and with nickel back Terrance Mitchell, free safety Damarious Randall, and strong safety Morgan Burnett in the same secondary, this defense looks nasty.
I have to agree with the grade above here: A+