The Cleveland Browns drafted Greedy Williams much later in the draft than he was projected, and he seems to be emerging as a steal already.
The Cleveland Browns have yet to play a snap for the 2019 season, but they may already have one of the biggest steals from the 2019 NFL Draft in Greedy Williams.
Williams was expected to be a first-round selection and was widely viewed as the No. 1 cornerback available in the draft. However, he ended up being drafted in the second round by the Browns and was the sixth cornerback selected.
Despite several other teams not being as high on Williams, the Browns obviously think highly of the cornerback and how he fits into the team’s defense. He may not have had played many snaps for the Browns this offseason, but Williams has already emerged as a starter for the Browns.
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The Browns still have two established starters at cornerback from 2018 in Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie on the roster, but Williams played well enough during the offseason program to be the starter opposite of Denzel Ward.
Because Williams has already emerged as a starter for the Browns before training camp, he has Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report believing that he is already one of the biggest steals from the 2019 NFL Draft.
"There’s still a long way to go before the Browns host the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, but if Williams holds onto that starting slot and plays up to the potential so many in the draftnik community believe he has, it will be just one more feather in the cap of Browns general manager John Dorsey. – Davenport, Bleacher Report"
Entering the draft, Williams was believed to be the best cover corner, which is why the Browns thought highly of him and why he should be able to succeed as a rookie. The biggest question is how Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks will decide to use Williams.
Although Williams was a top cover corner in the draft, his success in college mainly came while playing man coverage. But Wilks has prided his defense mostly running zone coverage. So unless Wilks decides to adjust his scheme to his personnel, Williams will have to prove himself playing more zone coverage.
But with training camp still around the corner, Wilks should be able to find ways to put his personnel in the best position to succeed. And if he adjusts his scheme to help Williams during his rookie season and the rookie excels, Williams could easily become one of the biggest steals from the 2019 NFL Draft.