It was a surprise to see the Browns select only one cornerback in 2021 given the state of that room, but it’s a pretty safe bet that they’ll take at least one every year. Jones is a good athlete from a premier program, functioning as the third cornerback behind Derion Kendrick and Andrew Booth Jr., but still playing starter-level snaps. With Kendrick gone, Jones has a great shot to vault himself up draft boards.
The Austin Hooper experiment did not go according to plan, at least not in year one. The expensive tight end had an uncharacteristic number of drops and provided next to nothing after the catch. David Njoku is entering the final year of his contract, and may want to be the undisputed starter somewhere else.
Dulcich not only stays on his feet after the catch, but actually outruns corners and safeties. He has ‘dynamic threat’ written all over him. Cleveland needs that kind of player at TE if they want to take the next step as an offense.
A team can never have too many good defensive backs, especially when the good ones they have are prone to injury. Ronnie Harrison may or may not be extended, and Grant Delpit is returning from a torn achilles. The Browns don’t have much depth after those two and John Johnson III, as Richard LeCounte is also recovering from an injury and Sheldrick Redwine was unable to earn the trust of the coaching staff last season.
Corker has put together two straight very good campaigns for the Wildcats and offers quality play against both the run and the pass whether he’s lining up at strong or free.
Nick Chubb will be in Cleveland for the long haul, so the Browns won’t be looking for his successor any time soon. Kareem Hunt, on the other hand, could be playing his last season for the team, and Demetric Felton, while offering a versatile skillset, isn’t a prototypical running back. Cain played five snaps in 2020 before suffering a leg injury, but was quite good in 2019. He’s a burly 5-10 226 pounds, and could fill the role vacated by Hunt.
The Browns have the NFL’s best guard duo in Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller, but it’s unlikely that duo will be together past this season. Perhaps the team has a replacement on the roster (Drew Forbes), but perhaps not.
Madden is a graduate transfer from Marshall who will play for the Fighting Irish in 2021, coming off a dominant 2020 campaign. He’s a great run blocker with refined technique and good awareness for the position.
Bill Callahan would likely be thrilled with the chance to coach Madden, attempting to turn him into the next Teller.