Three players to watch in the Cleveland Browns first preseason game

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Mark Fields #2 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Mack Wilson #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Mark Fields #2 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Mack Wilson #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Mark Fields #2 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Mack Wilson #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Mark Fields #2 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Mack Wilson #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Mack Wilson

Another 2019 draft pick, rookie linebacker Mack Wilson out of Alabama has shown great promise during his time with the Browns in training camp. The raw athleticism on display from Wilson throughout his rookie camp has been astounding, and his coverage skills have been even better than advertised as a rookie. On Thursday, he will have a chance to prove his worth among Cleveland’s linebacking corps.

Wilson may have come out of college a year earlier than most scouts would have liked, but the potential he showed while with the Crimson Tide was enough for Dorsey and defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. The rookie will be looking to prove the Browns’ brass right as he heads into his first professional game.

As a fifth-round pick, Wilson could blow the Browns away by gathering solid performances throughout the preseason. It all starts in game one, of course, but stringing together a few good showings could cause a shake-up within Cleveland’s linebacker room.

Both incumbent starters at linebacker, Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert, could be on their way out, and Wilson is one of the options to take their place. It is unlikely that he starts immediately, but getting good footing early could keep him firmly in the minds of the coaching staff.