The Cleveland Browns turned many heads during this draft, most from their own fans. Now that there has been a cool down since the draft has ended, let’s take a look at the picks.
The Cleveland Browns were without a pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t find value. Here, we look deeper at each pick in their class and how they fit with the team.
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Was touted as the best cover corner in the draft and yet still slid this far? To the Browns? At pick 46? He sure did. Speculation says it’s an attitude thing, well the fans like him because he has already come out and said the Browns are going to the Superbowl this year.
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This pick was a truly awesome pick for John Dorsey and one that helps this defense in their secondary. Greedy should come in and start day one opposite Denzel Ward.
Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU.
Ask any fan who they thought the Browns would draft here and most would have told you Mike Edwards, the safety from Kentucky, Bobby Evans, and offensive lineman from Oklahoma, or a player that went to school in Cleveland, Justin Layne — the cornerback from Michigan State.
I won’t lie to you; I was a little upset when I heard this name called. I had heard of him, but it wasn’t necessarily in a manner dictating that he was third round talent. Going through and watching his tape, seeing that he had off-field issues but then came back and was the captain of his team his senior year and played like a man possessed showed me he has talent. You could see why John Dorsey would want him on his team. The more I watch his tape the more I like his play style.
Sheldrick Redwine, Safety Miami (FL).
I have been high on this guy for some time now. I’m also, potentially, maybe, a Hurricanes fan. Redwine has grown into a decent safety in college but started at cornerback when he first was at Miami. That flexibility gives the Browns much-needed depth. Oh, also, the man doesn’t mind sticking his nose into the run game. He will be an immediate impact on special teams too.
Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Honestly, everyone here at Dawg Pound Daily was shocked that he was still available in the fifth round. I had a third-round grade on him personally and his skill set should translate to the NFL with small adjustments needed. He was the signal caller for Bama last year and ran one of the best defenses in college football. This addition to this team will help bolster special teams and add quality depth to a weak linebacker corps.
Austin Seibert, Kicker/Punter, Oklahoma
Looking at this after a couple of days removed, I don’t hate the pick anymore. He made 80 percent of his field goals in college, made 98.4 percent of his extra points, and averages 41.7 yards per punt. He will need to work on accuracy for his field goals of course, but everything else I can handle. Maybe a tad bit early in the fifth round but I feel he will make the 53-man roster and kick for the Browns this season.
Drew Forbes, Offensive Tackle, Southeast Missouri State
Played both sides of the ball in high school. Played special teams his freshman season. Played all of 2016 at left tackle and played so well he was named the team’s top offensive lineman. Earned second-team Associated Press FCS All-American and first-team all-conference notice after his senior year in. Can he play at left tackle in the NFL? Who knows but he did it pretty well at one point so I think they would be crazy not to try him there to start with.
Donnie Lewis Jr., CB, Tulane
Decent size, good ball skills, decent tackler. Solid production during his time in Tulane. Physical in press coverage. Fits better as a slot corner than an outside starter as a rookie. Give him a year to develop, might even be a good practice squad fit to see if Dorsey wants to keep him or not.
All in all, this was a decent haul for Dorsey. Trust in Dorsey.