No UDFAs make the final roster, all draft picks stay put… for once
The Cleveland Browns have been a hotbed of undrafted free agents who have found their way onto NFL final 53-man rosters. However, this year the Browns have taken a different tune as they may have a full roster of actual proven talent instead of filling their depth roles with players off the street. Given the recent history in Cleveland, this comes as a bit of a shock.
Rookie names like running back Benny LeMay and cornerback A.J. Green landed on the practice squad in order to get a chance to develop in Cleveland, however, there is not a single rookie who was not drafted on the final 53-man roster in 2020. In fact, even all of the 2020 NFL Draft picks managed to hang around on the active roster (besides the injured safety Grant Delpit).
All three day-three picks in Bryant, center Nick Harris, and wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones made the final roster, showing to be a sign of early success out of the first attempt new general manager Andrew Berry had at the NFL Draft.
A good sign for the future, the Browns have proven depth on their roster for once instead of a consistent rotation of guys off the streets to fill those roster spots.