The 2019 NFL Draft
The NFL’s offseason main event each year is the draft. This year it took place in Nashville, Tennessee but it felt weird for Browns fans. After controlling the first round the past two seasons, they were without a pick until the 49th overall selection in Round 2. It was worth it because it got them OBJ, but it still was hard to sit and watch players come off the board that we were just dreaming about adding a few weeks prior.
Having said that, one name that never seemed to be in the cards ended up sliding pretty far as Greedy Williams out of LSU slipped into the second round. Eventually, he had gone far enough that Dorsey pulled the trigger on a trade, moving to No. 46 to snag the talented cornerback. The cost was a mere fifth-round pick, which is well worth the price to get someone who many had as the top corner on the board.
Cleveland then raised eyebrows with the selection if Sione Takitaki. The BYU linebacker had his issues in the past with four suspensions but turned things around and became a team captain. Takitaki does flash on tape, but this still felt like a reach. It may have been more prudent to add a safety, but they did at least do that with Sheldrick Redwine with their following pick.
Redwine played well for the Miami Hurricanes and is a hard-hitting aggressive safety, despite being listed under 200-pounds. He’s going to fight with Eric Murray for the right to be the primary reserve and could surprise as a rookie and should be a special teams maven.
Mack Wilson was landed later, which was unexpected. The Alabama linebacker fell far in the draft and could be one of the big steals. Cleveland also added a kicker in Austin Seibert which had mixed reviews but he should shore up the position.
Again, they made the team better but it felt as though safety wasn’t prioritized as high as it should have been. Even with that being the case, they did about as well as you could without a first-round pick.