The Cleveland Browns have their starting safeties set for 2020 but could look for the long term answer by selecting one of these five prospects in the draft
In their first year on the job, both head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Barry have done a good job building the Cleveland Browns roster. They filled many holes with their acquisitions which included right tackle Jack Conklin, tight end Austin Hooper, and defensive tackle Andrew Billings.
In addition to those players, the Browns also added a couple of new safeties in Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo. The two veterans will replace Damarious Randall and Morgan Burnett and should be an upgrade in the secondary. The only problem is, they were each added on one-year deals.
This means the Browns aren’t guaranteed to have their long-term starters on the roster. Not only that, but even if they do decide to retain either of these players, Sendejo is already 32 which means he’s likely here for just the 2020 season.
With all that being said, Cleveland would be wise to add a safety in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. That being a big possibility, we look at five players who they could end up landing.
Notable Omission: Grant Delpit, LSU; Xavier McKinney, Alabama
The top two safeties in this class are Xavier McKinney from Alabama and Grant Delpit out of LSU. They were both left off this list for one reason — it’s very unlikely the Browns will draft either.
McKinney is the most pro-ready player at his position and unless Cleveland wants to take him at No. 10, they won’t be able to land him — and with their needs elsewhere, that seems unlikely. Delpit is a notch below McKinney but it still would be surprising to see him fall to No. 41, which is the first spot in this draft where the Browns will be considering a safety.