The Cleveland Browns made seven selections in the 2019 NFL Draft, but what were the biggest surprises about how they approached the draft?
For the first time since 2008, the Cleveland Browns did not make a selection in the first round of a draft. Even though the Browns did not have a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, they are probably with the player they received in return for that pick, Odell Beckham Jr.
Without a first round pick, Cleveland’s first selection was in the second round and selected LSU cornerback Greedy Williams. Williams was widely viewed as a first round prospect, but surprisingly fell into the second round and into the clutches of the Cleveland Browns. So the Browns potentially still managed to draft a first round player without a selection in the first 32 picks.
In total the Browns made seven selections, focusing mostly on the defensive side of the ball, adding five defensive prospects.
Entering the draft, it was assumed Browns general manager John Dorsey would focus on the defensive side of the ball considering the lack of depth at most of the defensive positions.
Because of how many talented offensive players the Browns front office has added over the past two seasons, it was not shocking that not many offensive prospects were added.
However, there were quite a few surprises from the Cleveland Browns’ 2019 Draft. But for the most part, the biggest surprises were not about who they drafted, although they made a couple of questionable selections based on value. Despite a player’s perceived “value,” the Browns front office feels they drafted the players at the spots they needed to.
Some of the biggest surprises from the Browns draft include who they decided not to select and how they approached the draft. Here is a look at three of the biggest surprises from Cleveland’s 2019 draft.