These five players should be considered by the Cleveland Browns to draft after the team has been busy with some releases and trades this week.
If you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, you’ve likely been checking your updates on social media platforms like Twitter every 15 minutes or you’re waiting for your ESPN notifications to ding so you don’t miss anything this past week.
Probably as you read this there will be another shift in the news cycle. The biggest potential move by the Browns still revolves around what they are going to do moving forward with their quarterback position.
As I write this the organizational powerhouses of the team, like general manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski are down in Houston, Texas trying to convince Deshaun Watson, the Texans quarterback to come to Cleveland to be their new signal-caller.
By the time this is published to read, that part of the story might look very different. So, stay tuned. The team did make a couple more bold moves though in the last day or two that are important to point out as they could be a factor in what they decide to do in the draft, which is a month away.
It began with the team releasing their wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The team is saving well over $14 million in cap space. The Browns did make a trade for wide receiver Amari Cooper this past weekend so the cutting of Landry was expected.
Then the following day the team traded linebacker, Mack Wilson, to the New England Patriots for linebacker and edge rusher Chase Winovich. Neither player had shown a lot of overwhelming promise in their first few years of play so this gives each player a reset.
That same day Cleveland announced that they had released JC Tretter, their offensive lineman, and center. The Browns will be saving another $8 million in cap space with this move. The Browns free-agent cornerback and emergency safety MJ Stewart announced he’d signed to play with the Texans. This move was a good one for Stewart but many fans of the Browns were hoping to keep him in town.
Cleveland also has safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. on the free-agent market, so the need to shore up the secondary again for the Browns will be vital.
With all of these cuts, trades, and free agency updates, let’s look again at the NFL draft and discuss what players the team should consider taking especially in the early rounds. Here are five players that the Browns should consider. Early in the draft they currently hold the 13th pick overall, along with the 44th pick and, then two more picks in the third round. So, depending on how the organization grades their needs at various positions on the team, they could look to move up or move back and one of these players could be worth the taking.