As the offseason finally picks up and the NFL starts to gear up for yet another season, the Cleveland Browns’ voluntary OTAs have come and gone. So, who should fans be keeping their eyes on?
The Cleveland Browns have been the buzz of the NFL offseason, an unusual, yet welcome sight. A young star at quarterback in Baker Mayfield, football megastar Odell Beckham Jr., and a defense that looks to be the NFL’s future make the Browns one of the most interesting, and polarizing, teams in the NFL. But every story has to start somewhere.
Recently, the Browns held their annual voluntary OTAs, the prelude to training camp and, eventually, the regular season. The Dawg Pound has added so much talent to their ranks in this offseason alone, with Beckham simply being the biggest pickup among them. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, defensive end Olivier Vernon, and newly-drafted cornerback Greedy Williams dot the Browns’ revamped roster for 2019.
Of course, OTAs are totally voluntary. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. chose not to attend on most days, but still had a fantastic minicamp this past week. Duke Johnson Jr., who has stated multiple times his wishes to be traded from the Browns, was also absent for most of the voluntary activities.
As the NFL offseason draws closer to training camp and the preseason, it’s always nice to keep a list of the players who impressed early on. Whether or not they make the 53-man roster, there are always some unexpected standouts to keep an eye on during OTAs and minicamp. These are the three that impressed most for the Browns.