The Browns have a pretty impressive set of weapons on offense. With Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry on the outside, paired with Nick Chubb in the backfield, the offensive firepower is there. But beyond the top two, however, there isn’t any depth at the receiver position. Andrew Berry looks to rectify that as he takes the speedy and versatile Joe Reed from the University of Virginia in the sixth round of this 2020 NFL mock draft.
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Joe Reed can do everything. He can be a receiver, kick returner, and a running back. Reed is the kind of athlete you get the ball to when you can and just let him work his magic. His speed and field vision allows him to finds holes in the defense when he has the ball in his hands, which is what helped lead him to five kick return touchdowns.
Reed is a speedster, but also shows great hands and an ability to go get the ball when needed. His route running skills are unpolished, as he wasn’t asked to run more than a few basic routes. However, given time, he could learn a few more routes and add to his already impressive game.
While he may not be an every-down player for Cleveland, his special teams experience alone makes him worth the selection here as the draft winds down. Whether he is put on as a kick returner or on the coverage team, his knowledge of special teams and how things are supposed to look may help him have a longer NFL career than some may believe. And who knows, we may be looking at the next NFL special team great, much like New England Patriot Matthew Slater.