3. Terrance Mitchell, CB
Selected at No. 4 overall, Denzel Ward ended up becoming a solid starter for the Browns and was named to the Pro Bowl as well. He started things off with a bang, recording two picks in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was named the Defensive Rookie of the Week for that performance.
Now, Cleveland added Greedy Williams out of LSU and there are dreams of him and Ward becoming one of the best cornerback duos in the league. While that could very well happen, Williams will first have to unseat Terrance Mitchell ‚— which is no easy task.
A former seventh-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys back in 2014, Mitchell bounced between Dallas, the Chicago Bears, and Houston Texans before finding a home in Kansas City with the Chiefs. At the time, John Dorsey was the general manager and he liked what he saw in Mitchell during his two seasons there enough to bring him to Cleveland in 2018.
On the heels of a 52 tackle and four interception campaign with the Chiefs, Mitchell was able to start seven of the eight games he played in 2018. He showed off his ability to pester opposing receivers with his physicality and finished the year with 38 tackles, an interception, and two forced fumbles.
A broken forearm cost him half the season but there’s no doubt that Mitchell was one of the better defensive backs on the team last year. There’s a real chance that if he stays healthy, he could be the star in their backfield working alongside Ward in 2019.