With training camp starting in less than a week, it’s time to starting looking deeper at the Cleveland Browns 2019 roster. Here, we focus on three undrafted rookies who are worth paying attention to.
The Cleveland Browns had a couple of contributors last season that started their careers as undrafted free agents. Not all began with Cleveland but still found their way to The Land and had a role in their 7-8-1 campaign a season ago.
One former undrafted player who was a starter for the Browns was right tackle Chris Hubbard. Coming out of UAB in 2013, Hubbard was given his first chance by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He served as a swing tackle until Cleveland signed him to a multi-year contract last year and he started all 16 games in his first campaign with the Browns.
Another player who started often in 2018 was Trevon Coley, who began his path to the NFL with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent back in 2016. The Florida Atlantic product enters this season needing to step up his play from a year ago but has valuable starting experience.
As for players who were found by Cleveland, there’s Dontrell Hilliard who was added last year out of Tulane. He’s expected to have an expanded role in 2019 and could have a bright future in the NFL. There was also Desmond Harrison who started at left tackle for eight games, but that ended on a sour note — and got even worse when he went to Arizona this offseason.
It’s easy at times to overlook players who weren’t selected during the draft process, but the examples above show that contributors — and even future starters — can be found after the selection process. With that in mind, here are three undrafted free agents to keep an eye on when the Browns open training camp up this year.