Cleveland Browns surprises and disappointments in 2021 season

Browns, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II (20) reacts after a defensive stop against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns Surprise No. 1 – Two rookies

The biggest and most pleasant surprise of the 2021 season was the play by the Cleveland Browns first two picks of last year’s draft.

Greg Newsome did struggle with a few nagging injuries, but when he was on the field he was honestly lights out. He needs to work on tackling, but he has a fantastic feel for when receivers are going to break and can stick tightly to even the best receivers in the league.

As stated before, I’m not ready to claim him a homerun because he did miss five games this year. Injuries were a concern in college as well, so let’s hope for a full season in 2022. Newsome and Denzel Ward could be the best tandem corners in the league next year.

My new favorite player on the team is Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. I’ve always been a fan of the super-athletic linebacker, but this guy takes it to the next level. Not only can he run with running backs in coverage, but he also sheds blocks extremely well and doesn’t miss tackles.

How this guy fell to the second round, I’ll never know. But a position that was a huge weakness for 2021, will be a strength next year with Anthony Walker, Jacob Phillips, and JOK leading the way.

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To remain competitive, Berry will have to be precise using the draft. The Cleveland Browns have too many big contracts on the roster to not have to play rookies. A few misses could leave major gaps on the roster.