Cornerback (5): Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Greedy Williams, T.J. Carrie, Donnie Lewis, Jr.
With Bradley Chubb on the board and Cleveland sitting there at No. 4 overall in 2018, there was a belief that the North Carolina State edge rusher was about to join the team. However, the Browns decided instead to take Ohio State’s Denzel Ward, who filled a much bigger need for them.
While it’s hard to say which player is better, Ward did hold his own and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, which means that no matter how you slice it, John Dorsey made a good selection. This season, they aimed to get another young stud for the defensive backfield as they moved up a few spots in the second round to land Greedy Williams out of LSU.
Williams has the potential to be a long-term starter but hasn’t taken over the starting spot just yet. That’s quite a testament to veteran Terrance Mitchell, who continues to play hard even though it seems as though he never gets the recognition he deserves.
Cleveland can go four deep at this spot now as T.J Carrie is also on the roster, and he really shines as a slot corner. He was a high-priced addition last season and had some ups and downs. Even so, he provides some quality depth at a vital position.
The fifth corner is Donnie Lewis, Jr., the seventh-round pick out of Tulane. He hasn’t really separated himself from some of the other options but wins a tiebreaker here considering they did spend a draft pick on him. Lewis needs some work to produce at the NFL level but did defend 34 passes while at Tulane, meaning he has great instincts.