Cleveland Browns Free Agency/Draft preview for 2021 defense
By Greg Newland
The Cleveland Browns can still add talent in free agency or the draft. See how they will proceed in improving the defense for 2021.
Now is when things get interesting Cleveland Browns fans. While Andrew Berry has made some exciting moves to get the team ready to compete for a Super Bowl in 2021, the work is not yet done.
In fact, I would argue the most important work of the offseason is yet to be finalized. Yes, the Browns have added big names like John Johnson and Troy Hill, but it’s often the lesser-known free agent and a later-round draft pick that make the biggest difference in the season.
Any general manager can pay a super-star a ton of money to come to a team and perform. The great GM’s can find the hidden gem and pay them below market money for above-market performance.
The same is true in the draft. Don’t give credit when someone hits on a top-ten pick, give the credit when they find a fourth or fifth-rounder that can contribute as a rookie. That one player is what can take a team from good to great.
The Browns are certainly trending in that direction, and it appears with another great draft and a few late free agency signings, the Browns will be a force to be reckoned with. For the first time in two decades, the team finally feels like they have a franchise quarterback, lifetime coach, and an incredible GM that are all on the same page.
Let’s now look at each level of the defense and see what’s left to be done before the start of the season. We will also predict if Berry will solve these problems in the draft, or via free agency.