3. Terrance Mitchell – Cornerback
In 2014, the Dallas Cowboys selected cornerback Terrance Mitchell in the seventh round. In seven seasons since, Mitchell has found himself on four different teams but has found a nice home in Cleveland the past two seasons. If you remember, to begin the season last year both Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward both missed multiple games because of hamstring issues.
While T.J. Carrie is no longer on the team, he and Mitchell were forced to step in and start multiple games at cornerback together. Carrie and Mitchell were both seventh rounders who had to replace the production of a first-rounder (Ward), and a second-rounder (Williams). Not only were there no major issues during the injuries, but Mitchell also played extremely well.
There is no doubt that there was a step back in athleticism and instincts, but there were no botched coverages or issues in communication. By the middle of the season when a secondary player would get hurt (which happened far too often), it wasn’t anything to worry about because you knew Mitchell could step in and fill the role.
While fans will be excited for a full year of Williams and Ward being healthy, expect Mitchell to still play a vital role for the Browns in 2020. He will likely be battling for the nickel back position with Kevin Johnson and will also be asked to know every role in the secondary in case of injuries.
Mitchell may not have earned pro-bowl honors in 2019, but his flexibility and versatility was crucial to the team and will be once again in 2020. As bad as things were, many teams would have been in worst shape given all the injuries to the secondary last year. Look for Mitchell to pick up where he left off last year and be a big part of the Browns success while remaining under the radar.