Cleveland Browns rookie Jedrick Wills is expected to contribute early
The Cleveland Browns have a few new faces on their roster in 2020 who are expected to help them improve on the field. And some of those key additions are rookies, which means they will be relying heavily on some untested players.
Thankfully, the expectation is that there will be no issues there as Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry did a great job landing players who are NFL ready. And it’s not just fans of the team that think this, as it seems to be a common theme among those who cover the league.
For example, Cody Williams of NFL Spin Zone looked ahead to the 2020 season and predicted which six rookies would be the strongest contributors in the entire NFL this season. For the Browns, they found themselves on the list with Jedrick Wills coming in third.
Williams says the drafting of Wills and signing of Jack Conklin will be big for Cleveland as they look to erase the sour-taste from the 2019 season.
“Wills’ arrival in The Land will be monumentally important. Mayfield had his own issues separate from seeing constant pass-rush pressure but so much of that seemingly stemmed from his lack of trust in the protection. Wills and Conklin coming together could help the Browns to realize the hype a year later than when everyone jumped on the bandwagon.” — Williams, NFL Spin Zone
One other thing to notice about Williams’ selections was the fact there were a plethora of SEC players on the list. In addition to Wills, who played at Alabama, coming in at No. 3, there were three LSU Tigers in the top four as well.
That included Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the newest Kansas City Chiefs running back at No. 2 as well as Patrick Queen — and new linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens who was first in Williams’ prediction. As for the final LSU player, Joe Burrow was fourth on the list as the Cincinnati Bengals No. 1 overall pick is expected to be a huge player for them right away.
The over-abundance of SEC players is great news for Cleveland since they too went hard after players from that conference. After taking Wills, they went with two LSU players in safety Grant Delpit and linebacker Jacob Phillips. They also took Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, meaning their first four picks all came from SEC programs.
Cleveland will be relying heavily on these players but the good news is, they’re all used to the spotlight and should be up to the task.