3 Key Cleveland Browns rookies to watch at training camp
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 key rookies who are worth paying attention to.
Earlier this week, we looked at three undrafted players who could try and make an impact on the Cleveland Browns roster as they get ready to kick off their 2019 training camp on July 25. Those players included Wyatt Ray, David Blough, and Willie Harvey.
Ray and Harvey find themselves in a good spot as each play a position where depth is a bit of an issue. As for Blough, he has a shot of being added to the practice squad — and also had an awesome Madden 20 challenge fans could partake in.
Now, we turn our attention to some of the rookies who heard their names called during the 7-Round 2019 NFL Draft process. While all of them have to come in and show their worth, there are three key rookies who are going to be counted on — and that could happen early in their careers.
Here we check out those three key rookies who should be monitored closely as training camp kicks off.
Toughest Omissions: Linebackers Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson
These two could end up both being long-term starters for the Browns. Sione Takitaki was an unexpected name when he was announced as the third-round pick for Cleveland, but his tape is rather impressive. He seemed to be all over the field for BYU and was a team captain who had the respect of everyone around him — which is impressive when you consider he was once so troubled that he had to be kicked off the team.
He didn’t have a lot of splash plays as he recorded no interceptions and had just two forced fumbles in his career, but his ability to find the ball carrier is impressive. Those kinds of players are always needed and he adds some crucial depth.
Mack Wilson, on the other hand, did make some big plays for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He had 105 tackles and six interceptions over the past two seasons as well as a touchdown on one of those picks. Widely considered a day two pick, Wilson fell all the way to Round 5.
As good as Wilson could be at times, he often played with heavy feet. It’s not that he’s slow, but more like he could be indecisive at times. Once he learns to trust what he sees and just reacts, he could end up turning into a huge steal for Cleveland. Training camp and the preseason will be the first chance we get to see how he fits with this team and if he can turn that chip on his shoulder into a productive rookie season.