The Cleveland Browns have been much better in the draft as of late, but here are four picks from 2018 we wished would have worked out
There’s no denying that the 2018 NFL Draft is the one that started to turn things around for the Cleveland Browns. John Dorsey was the general manager at the time and he brought in some impressive talent including quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall, cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4, and running back Nick Chubb who was the 35th pick landing with the Browns via Round 2.
Unfortunately, those were the only hits in that draft. In all, the Browns drafted nine players and only the three mentioned above are still with the team.
Here we look at four of those players who were taken that we wish would have worked out better for Cleveland.
4. Genard Avery, Linebacker
In the fifth round, No. 150 overall, Dorsey landed a player that many fans thought would be a steal — Genard Avery. A linebacker from Memphis, Avery was able to not only shut down the running game but also had 21.5 sacks in his four seasons.
With the Browns, he continued to play well as a rookie. He racked up 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks and there were hopes that he could continue to grow.
That didn’t happen though as the Browns traded him after just two games in 2019. He has yet to find the success he had in 2018 but Cleveland fans surely would love to have seen this selection work out.