The Browns have their starting positions — as well as their No. 3 guy — all but locked up as we approach the start of the 2020 season.
Entering his third season, Denzel Ward has entrenched himself as the leader of the Cleveland Browns secondary. He’s got all the tools to be a shutdown corner in this league — great size, blazing speed, and insane confidence.
He’s already notched on Pro Bowl and even though he struggled with hamstring issues in his second season, he still held his own when he was on the field. Ward will once again be the No. 1 cornerback for Cleveland and has immense potential.
Also gifted with great potential is Greedy Williams, the LSU product who had a frustrating rookie season. Williams, like Ward, dealt with hamstring problems early on in 2019 which slowed his development.
While he never looked fully comfortable in coverage, the good news is he showed no signs of struggling to be physical — which was a huge knock on him entering the league. This season, Williams will have competition for the starting job with Kevin Johnson, but look for that to help push him to be better in 2020.
Kevin Johnson — Nickel Back
A former 2015 first-round pick of the Houston Texans, Kevin Johnson never lived up to his draft status for them. He ended up being released and spent 2019 with the Buffalo Bills, where he played very well. Still needing to prove himself, he signed a one-year deal with Cleveland and will most likely be the third corner for them.
Johnson’s length can frustrate opposing receivers and he’s very good when it comes to anticipating routes. His biggest issue has been staying on the field — which he was finally able to do in 2019 and he had his best campaign since his rookie season.