With the 2020 NFL draft over, is it too early to start looking at 2021? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Let’s see who the Cleveland Browns could land in 2021.
Is 2021 the offseason the first one that Cleveland Browns fans won’t be excited about the draft? Let’s hope the team will finally get out of the top ten picks and it won’t be the highlight of the year. After a strong free agency period and draft in 2020, Andrew Berry appears to have the Browns on the right track for success.
The Browns were able to add a few starters for 2020 in this year’s draft as well as potential 2021 starters. As expected with a new general manager, the Browns roster is set up for a large amount of turnover next season. Berry solved many roster holes in 2020 with one-year contracts and it remains to be seen how many will earn a contract extension.
After next season players like Olivier Vernon, Terrance Mitchell, Larry Ogunjobi, Kareem Hunt, Karly Joseph, and Andrew Sendejo will be out of a contract. All the listed players above are expected to be major contributors in the 2020 season. It’s also worth noting that Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. will be owed over $30 million between the two. Beckham will have no dead cap left on his contract and could be a luxury the Browns look to move on from unless he returns to his 2015 form.
Sadly, after next season the Browns will also have to start making tough decisions with young players who have been high performers. Both Myles Garrett and Nick Chubb will be owed contracts in 2022, with Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, and Greedy Williams the following. While a talent like Nick Chubb will be tough for Berry to justify, the rest of the list will need to be paid to keep the franchise moving in the right direction.
Don’t let this information scare you, but it is something to remember. To this point, Berry has proven to be more than capable of attracting talent in free agency and negotiating team-friendly contracts. With all this info, let’s dig into draft possibilities for all NFL teams next season.