Cleveland Browns WR option No. 1: John Metchie III, Alabama
Maybe one of the most experienced players in the college game but not getting enough attention at this point is John Metchie from Alabama. He suffered a serious knee injury as well toward the end of the season, so there is some caution on taking him as a high draft pick but the Browns may very well have a decision to make if Metchie is sitting there at No. 44.
He had a fantastic season last year as he totaled 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight scores. He’s not a burner on the field of play but knows how to separate from his defenders. He stands at just south of 6-foot-0 and could slide into the slot position for the Browns. He’d be an immediate impact player for the team.
Metchie may be overlooked in this draft because his college teammate Jameson Williams will likely get drafted earlier than him, but don’t doubt Metchie’s talent. His potential at being a long-term solution for the Browns wide receiver room has me most excited if the team announces his selection in a week at the NFL draft.
Many other wide receivers would be available later in the draft including Jalen Tolbert out of South Alabama, Kyle Phillips from UCLA, and Khalil Shakir from Boise State, so even if Cleveland passes on picking a wideout at No. 44 stay tuned in.