Cleveland Browns receiving plenty of praise for Greedy Williams selection
The Cleveland Browns selection of cornerback Greedy Williams in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft is drawing praise from across the league.
The Cleveland Browns may not have had a first round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, but they selected a player who many saw as a first-round prospect in cornerback Greedy Williams.
Williams took a curious fall in the draft after being projected to be one of the first three cornerbacks selected in the draft. Despite a run on cornerbacks in the second round, Williams’ name still sat on the board.
Instead of waiting to see if Williams fell to the No. 49 selection, the Browns and general manager John Dorsey decided to trade up three selections to draft the LSU cornerback.
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The addition of Williams should help Cleveland’s secondary and overall pass defense. Williams is an athletic corner who excels in press man coverage. He showed a knack in college to be a ball hawk and he possesses good ball skills.
The move was praised almost immediately after the selection because of the talent the Browns were getting with their first selection. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was confused as to why Williams fell out of the first round after what he showed for the Tigers – via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
"“I don’t know that. Everything you do counts, obviously, they watch everything you do on film, everything you do that’s leading up to the draft. I do believe Greedy will be an excellent pick for the Cleveland Browns. He’s a great cover guy. He’s going to have a great career in the NFL,” Orgeron said. – Smith, Pro Football Talk"
Orgeron was also asked if he is concerned about Williams’ tackling ability, which was one of the biggest criticisms of his game entering the draft. But Orgeron believes Williams’ aggressive nature and NFL coaching will help him get better in that area.
But it is not only Williams’ former coach who thinks the Browns made a smart choice. A couple of weeks following the draft, Cleveland is receiving praise for their selection of Williams from an anonymous executive in the league – via Mike Sando of ESPN.
"“Getting Greedy Williams without having a first-round pick is a steal for Cleveland. He is long, fast and disruptive and has good ball production. It is hard to complete balls on him, but there are some lapses in concentration.” – Sando, ESPN"
ESPN’s Todd McShay also credited the Browns for drafting Williams because of the value of the selection. Despite the tackling concerns and Williams potentially being too small currently for the NFL, McShay said the Browns did an excellent job of capitalizing on good value in the second round.
"But the Browns still made some savvy picks, and I love what they did with their second-rounder. Cornerback was probably the position that did need some depth, and taking Williams, my 29th-best player in the class and No. 2 corner, all the way back at 46th overall is just a great get, even if some of that is luck. – McShay, ESPN"
Williams appears to be ecstatic about joining the Browns, even saying that he believes the Browns will be in the next Super Bowl. He also has a chance to create one of the best young cornerback duo’s in the league with the fourth overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, Denzel Ward.
Even if the Browns are unable to get Williams tackling at a higher level, his skills coverage should be beneficial for the defense. For a team that ranked near the bottom of the league in passing defense last season, adding talent to the secondary should only help.