The Cleveland Browns 2019 rookie class is hitting the field this week, but there is one player who is surprisingly standing out from every other player.
There is not much hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns rookie class and the rookie mini-camp as there typically is because of the absence of a first round selection on the field.
Second round selection Greedy Williams is the one player who is receiving the most attention because he was projected to be a first round pick before sliding to the Browns.
He is also a player who fits the mold of a large portion of the Browns roster and is not afraid to show his confidence to the public. Take his Browns Super Bowl prediction immediately following his selection as an example.
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Because he has the potential of creating a lockdown cornerback duo with Denzel Ward, there is a lot of excitement about Williams wearing the orange and brown. However, despite a solid practice during rookie mini-camp, it was another cornerback who was standing out.
Jhavonte Dean, an undrafted free agent from Miami (Fla.), was routinely making plays on the ball when it was thrown his way during the first practice, according to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan. Ruiter said Dean intercepted two passes and knocked away three other passes during the practice. His strong day received praise from Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens following the practice.
"“It is better to make a play than to not make a play,” Kitchens said. “That is really the only thing that I can say about it right now. He showed up. It was good to see. He made a couple plays on the ball that he didn’t end up with the ball, but he still made the play on the ball. He was a factor. Anytime you are a factor, you kind of stand out. That is a good thing during this time of the year.” – Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan"
After not being drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dean received a camp invitation/tryout with the Browns for rookie camp. Dean played 16 games for the Miami Hurricanes, making 38 tackles, three interceptions, and two passes defensed.
The Browns made the defensive back group a priority during and after the draft, adding several rookies to the secondary. With the team preaching competition, Dean could give himself a chance to extend his stay with the Browns later into the summer and have a chance to make the bottom of the roster if he strings together more strong practices.
Cleveland has four cornerbacks set it stone at the top of the depth chart: Ward, Williams, Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie. But after those four, there is plenty of room for rookies to slide into the bottom of the depth chart.
It was only one practice, but a strong camp of practices for Dean could give him a bigger opportunity to have a role with the Browns in 2019.