The Cleveland Browns completed the 2020 NFL Draft with a new regime in charge, and we rank each of Cleveland's selections.
The Cleveland Browns entered the 2020 NFL Draft with seven selections, they ended up making seven selections by the time the draft was completed Saturday afternoon.
However, Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry was able to grab some value when he traded down and added a fifth round pick, but only traded away a seventh round pick.
In his first time leading an organization's draft, Berry focused on value with his selections while still addressing the team's biggest needs. He did not move around the board often, only making two trades, both completed on day two of the draft and only moving down a total of 17 spots.
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With the seven selections, Berry took a balanced approach to the draft and did not solely focus on one side of the ball. Of their seven selections, the Browns drafted four players on the offensive side of the ball and three players on the defensive side of the ball.
There were questions about if Berry and the new Browns front office would consistently trade down from their selections in order to gather more draft capital. However, that was not the case, as the Browns mostly stood firm with their selections and added talent.
For the most part, the Browns have been widely viewed as winners in the draft, mostly because of their first two selections of Jedrick Wills and Grant Delpit. Not only did those picks address needs, but both Wills and Delpit were considered one of the top players at their position.
With that said, here is the ranking of the best selections by the Browns during the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Browns addressed their biggest need on the offensive line in the first round, but the addition of Nick Harris addressed another need on the offensive front: interior depth who has extensive experience playing center.
There were a lot of concerns about Harris because of his size and lack of power for an interior lineman. Many scouts considered him scheme-specific, which played a role in where he was drafted. The expectation is Harris needs to play in a zone run scheme to have a chance to excel in the NFL, which is the exact offensive scheme the Browns will be using under Kevin Stefanski.
Harris has great athleticism for his size and has the agility to move laterally as a lineman. Although his size is an issue in terms of strength and power, his height does allow him to generate good leverage at the point of attack.
However, Harris will likely be utilized as a reserve interior lineman in 2020, and potentially even into 2021 due to the presence of J.C. Tretter. Unless Harris shows he can play guard in the NFL and compete for the starting right guard job, he will likely be groomed to be Tretter's replacement in the next season or two.
Playing in Stefanski's offense could help Harris become a more productive NFL player. Working with Bill Callahan and working out with a NFL strength staff will certainly help his development as well. However, his future appears to be a backup lineman for the time being with the Browns, making him the lowest ranked selection of Cleveland's 2020 draft.
One of the trends of Andrew Berry's first draft was drafting young and athletic players at positions of need. Jacob Phillips fits that criteria, as his athleticism stands out and he is still only 21-years-old. The Browns also had major depth issues at linebacker, which Phillips quells some of those concerns.
Phillips was the leading tackler for the National Champion LSU Tigers in 2019, as he was able to come up and finish tackles. However, Phillips lacks football IQ and is still learning the linebacker position.
In the case of the Browns, they want fast linebackers who can make plays all over the field. Phillips has the athleticism and speed to make those plays, but his lack of instincts could take him out of plays, including in coverage.
With questions at linebacker, it would have made more sense for the Browns to target a more seasoned linebacker who could step into a role on the defense from day one. With Phillips, he will likely make more of an impact in 2021 instead of 2020.
The biggest risk of betting on athleticism and upside is athletes don't always pan out in the NFL. Phillips is going to encounter even better athletes at every position than he did in college, so he will have to become more of an instinctual player in order to show off his athleticism that helped him produce in college.
Because of Cleveland's immediate need at linebacker and the expectation that Phillips is best suited to sit in 2020, this pick does not have the best value. Phillips could emerge as a solid pick in the long-term, but this seems to be a boom-or-bust selection by the Browns, making him one of the lower ranked picks by the Browns.
With their final pick of the 2020 Draft, the selection of Donovan Peoples-Jones was arguably the best value of Cleveland's draft. Although he did not put up the production expected in his college career, Peoples-Jones has all of the athletic traits to be a No. 1 wide receiver.
Hindered by poor quarterback play at Michigan, Peoples-Jones was never able to unlock all of his talent and his development was stunted. However, he did show some issues of creating separation and did have a fair share of drops.
For the Browns, Peoples-Jones is not going to be needed to be an instant weapon on the offense. With Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry playing ahead of him, as well Stefanski rarely deploying three receivers, Peoples-Jones will have plenty of time to develop and grow as a wide receiver.
Selecting Peoples-Jones in the sixth round is a low-risk, potential high-reward for the Browns. If he is given time to develop, he can become a steal in this draft. If Peoples-Jones' development is completely stunted and he is the unproductive receiver he showed at Michigan, using a sixth round pick reduces the harm.
Peoples-Jones has the potential of being a solid wide receiver and he can also add value as a returner. He may have been Cleveland's last selection, but he was one of the better picks of Cleveland's 2020 draft and has the potential of being incredible value.
One of the biggest trends of the Cleveland Browns draft was drafting players later than they were expected to go. That was the case with Harrison Bryant, as he was viewed as one of the top tight ends in a weak tight end class, but still lasted until the fourth round.
Bryant brings a lot of versatility to the Browns offense, as he is a solid blocker, but excels as a receiver. Browns could use him more as a H-back instead of a traditional in-line tight end because of his athleticism, but he has the ability to play in both roles.
In Stefanski's offense, tight ends are going to play a significant role in the unit. Stefanski prefers to use two tight ends instead of three receivers, so Bryant will have the opportunity to see the field often as a rookie. And with his ability as a receiver, there is a good chance he will be on the field often in 2020.
Bryant could emerge as a potential replacement for David Njoku, as Njoku could be playing his final season of his rookie deal if the Browns decide against picking up his fifth-year option. If Bryant proves he can handle blocking at a NFL level, or just be a better blocker than Njoku, he could quickly become Cleveland's No. 2 tight end.
There were few needs on the offensive side of the ball entering the draft, so adding to a position of focus was a good decision by the Browns. Bryant has the potential of emerging as one of the top tight ends in the class, and landing him in the fourth round could once again become great value for the Browns.
Although linebacker and safety were bigger needs for the Browns on the defensive side of the ball, Cleveland still needed to add depth to their defensive front. With Jordan Elliott, they are getting a scheme diverse player who has the explosive power to be a disrupter up the middle.
Elliott was productive during his time with Missouri, including a third of his total tackles in 2018 (24) being tackles for loss (eight). He has all of the athletic tools to be a solid interior defensive lineman, but will need to clean up his technique in the NFL.
Since the Browns were the third-worst run defense in the league last season, adding interior defensive linemen was a necessity. With the signing of Andrew Billings in the offseason and the selection of Elliott, the Browns are clearly trying to improve that aspect of their defense.
With his athletic tools, including his explosiveness and strength, Elliott has the potential of being a productive defensive tackle for the Browns. If he can clean up some of his technique, he will give himself more opportunities to take advantage of his athleticism.
Elliott has the potential of becoming a starter as Cleveland's three-technique. The Browns are once again betting on his athleticism, but he has already developed tools that can help him become productive as a rookie. The Browns being able to trade down in the third round and still land Elliott was great value for Cleveland and a great pick by Berry and company.
Behind offensive tackle, the Browns entered the draft knowing they needed to add to their group of safeties. With only four safeties under contract, including two signed this offseason, drafting a safety high in the draft was a necessity.
The Browns were able to select Grant Delpit, who was consistently graded among the top-five safeties in the class, with the No. 44 selection. Cleveland was even able to trade down from No. 41 and add a pick in the fifth round, which they originally did not have entering the draft.
Had Delpit been eligible to enter the draft following the 2018 season, he would have been a top-15 selection. He showed the ability to play all over the defense and make an impact in the box or at the line of scrimmage showing a willingness to make a big hit, or in coverage using his length and athleticism to break up passes.
However, Delpit had issues with tackling in 2019 and did not show the same range in coverage as a deep safety as he did in 2018. He says he was hampered by a high-ankle sprain, which limited his impact throughout the season. Despite struggling making tackles, Delpit still utilized his length to maintain his solid level of play in coverage and breaking up passes.
Due to his versatility and great coverage skills, Delpit is a real solid pick for the Browns. The biggest question is if he can prove his tackling issues in 2019 were due to the ankle injury. If he can do that and use his explosiveness to become a playmaking safety with the ability to come up and make tackles, Delpit has the potential of being a star safety, which would be a tremendous value for the Browns in the second round.
By far the best selection by the Cleveland Browns in 2020, Jedrick Wills addressed Cleveland's biggest need, but he was also arguably the top player at his position. When the Browns saw Wills was still on the board, they quickly turned in their selection knowing he was the guy to be their franchise left tackle.
Offensive line was the biggest problem with Cleveland's offense last season, as they did not give Baker Mayfield enough time to go through his reads and complete passes. The amount of pressure allowed by the tackles forced Mayfield to be gun-shy in the pocket, causing him to scramble often, even if he was not under pressure.
With the signing of Jack Conklin in free agency and the selection of Wills, the Browns now have bookend tackles who will help keep Mayfield upright. Both Conklin and Wills are also elite run blockers who can both move incredibly well, making them perfect fits in Stefanski's zone run scheme.
The only concern about Wills is if he can successfully make the transition from right tackle to left tackle. However, with the help of Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan, the move should not be an issue for Wills.
Wills is a perfect fit in Cleveland's offense and fills a huge need knowing they need to keep Mayfield upright. The Browns being able to stick at No. 10 and getting arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft class makes Wills the best pick of the Browns 2020 Draft.