Three underrated moves from the Cleveland Browns offseason
The Cleveland Browns are legitimate 2021 Super Bowl contenders thanks to a strong 2020 campaign and a productive offseason. General manager Andrew Berry has left no stone unturned in his attempt to build the league’s best roster. Here are three recent moves that may have received less attention than they deserve.
3. Drafting Demetric Felton
The last of Cleveland’s eight 2021 draft picks was sixth-round offensive weapon Demetric Felton, officially listed as a running back, but with plenty of experience (and impressive tape) at wide receiver as well. Sixth-round selections are by no means guaranteed spots on the best rosters in the league (and yes, the Browns do have one of those), but Felton has a chance to make an impact in three separate ways, both now and in the future.
Berry is always looking to exploit market inefficiencies, and it appears that this year’s exploitation was opposing franchises overvaluing athletic testing. Felton had a really rough outing at UCLA’s pro day, which was odd because it didn’t match up at all with his film.
He’s a shifty athlete who can gain ground deceptively quick, and he absolutely dominated one-on-one receiver-defensive back drills at the Senior Bowl.
Felton may be a sixth-round rookie, but he has a leg up on D’Ernest Johnson as RB3 because of his ability to return kicks and contribute as a reciever. He’s already been practicing as a WR in minicamp, and there’s a chance he could end up replacing Jarvis Landry as the starting slot down the road.