Cleveland Browns: 5 young players who must take a big leap forward in 2021
1. Greedy Williams
Greedy Williams is a somewhat forgotten man for the Browns. He missed all of 2020 with a nerve issue (he was cleared in March and was a participant in OTAs and minicamp) and the team just spent a first-round pick on cornerback Greg Newsome II, but assuming full health all around, there is a very good chance that Williams opens the season as the starter opposite Denzel Ward.
He was much better as a rookie in 2019 than most remember, and it is not easy for rookie corners to play well right away, which is why having Newsome as a backup to begin with may be the smart choice, especially because Newsome missed 43% of his collegiate games, so he’s not too experienced at the moment. Both Ward and Newsome have injury histories (so does Williams), so having as many playable corners as possible is vital.
Joe Woods should be able to play much more man coverage this season, which is Williams’ strong suit. If he can give Cleveland quality CB2 play to the point where they are not forced to rely on Newsome, that would be tremendous value.
The front office may very well have been operating as if Williams doesn’t exist. Anything he can provide is a bonus, and a huge one at that.