5 unknown Cleveland Browns who might surprise in 2021
WR Alexander Hollins reunited with coach Kevin Stefanski
At some point, you have to admit that the Browns do not in fact have a shortage of depth at wide receiver going into summer camp and do not have to draft a whole bunch of wideouts. The Browns picked up a guy that coach Keven Stefanski got to know at Minnesota in Alexander Hollins.
At Eastern Illinois, which plays in the NCAA Ohio Valley Conference Football (Division I-AA FCS), Hollins was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, finishing 21st in voting. At the I-AA level, he was a 2018 Second Team All-American (STATS) and First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference.
Nationally he was one of only three receivers to finish the season ranked in the top 15 in touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards.
In his Pro Day, he clocked 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, turned in 4.18 in the 20-yard shuttle, and had a vertical jump of 37 inches. His numbers are not All-Pro, but they are better than average. Had he been from a Power Five conference, he should have been drafted in day two.
For Minnesota, he had only one start and had four balls thrown to him in his career with two catches and 46 yards. There’s not much to judge him on, but the coach knows him rather well. The Browns signed him from the Vikings practice squad on December 28, so he could have been ready to make a contribution had the Browns made it to the AFC title game and then the Super Bowl.
That is the number seven wide receiver on the current depth chart. After an off-season with the playbook, we may see whether the Browns have something here or not.