4. Hakeem Butler, Wide Receiver
The Browns didn’t make any surprising moves at wide receiver as they kept Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge, and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones behind starters Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry (they kept JoJo Natson as well, but he looks to be a return specialist more than anything). That’s not a terrible receiving corps but there’s one thing lacking from it — a big-bodied wideout.
Right now, Peoples-Jones serves as the biggest receiver in Cleveland, coming in at 6-foot-2 and 212-pounds. Hodge is similar in size at 6-foot-2 and 205-pounds and Higgins is right there as well at 6-foot-1 and 198-pounds. As for their top two guys, both OBJ and Landry are less than 6-foot-tall with Beckham listed at 5-foot-11 and 198 and Juice at 5-11 and 196-pounds.
Clearly, the height has not been an issue for either of their star wideouts but that doesn’t mean there aren’t times when lining up a big receiver would be a great option. Sure, there are tight ends in Cleveland who can help in this role but it’s hard to beat a true big-bodied wideout some times.
For that reason, the Browns should seriously consider putting in a claim for Hakeem Butler. The former Iowa State Cyclone was drafted in the fourth round last year by the Arizona Cardinals but found himself buried on a talented depth chart. He’s an intriguing player who stands 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds and has an incredibly large catch radius.
Butler does struggle with drops but that’s something he can work on — and it’s not as if the Browns would be targeting him several times a game. Instead, he could be a situational player who they try and develop long-term.