A way too early prediction of the Cleveland Browns 53-man roster following the 2019 NFL Draft and undrafted free agent signings
The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, and with it is the speculation on what the Cleveland Browns will be doing to address their needs ahead of the coming season. This was the second draft led by general manager John Dorsey, who has completely overhauled the roster that he inherited in December of 2017.
Last year, he made some great moves in the draft and through trades. Dorsey landed a franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield first overall as well as cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4. He also added running back Nick Chubb and offensive lineman Austin Corbett. He also flipped DeShone Kizer for Damarious Randall, who changed the secondary for the better.
As for the aforementioned Corbett, he didn’t start last season but his addition came into play this year. Dorsey felt confident enough in his ability to start to make a trade for edge rusher Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants in exchange for Kevin Zeitler, who was the starting right guard. They went back to the G-Men to land Odell Beckham, Jr. in exchange for Jarbill Peppers and a first and third-round selection.
These kinds of moves from the team’s GM have made the Browns contenders and helped them lure free agents such as defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson as well as safety Morgan Burnett. Not only that, but it filled the majority of their needs meaning they could target the best player in the draft rather than feeling pressure to address a certain position.
That was important considering they were without a first-round pick due to the OBJ trade. Thankfully, the team still added a Day 1 talent in cornerback Greedy Williams out of LSU who slipped to No. 46 in the draft.
Now with all these moves done, we have a better idea of what the Browns roster will look like in 2019 and can try to predict just how the 53-man roster will shake out this year.