Questionable decision No. 2 – Reaching on Greg Newsome
I don’t want to blow this out of proportion because Greg Newsome II has been a decent player for the Cleveland Browns in his first two seasons, but the pick is still a bit puzzling. Joe Woods loves to run zone coverage, Newsome thrives in man-to-man (like Denzel Ward), and Woods wants a corner who can step up in run support, and Newsome is almost as bad at tackling as Ward is.
My biggest issue with the pick is the injury history that has carried into the NFL. At the time the Browns had Ward and Greedy Williams who miss at least a full season of games between the two of them. I guess the strategy was that at least two of them should be healthy each week.
Again, not saying that Newsome isn’t a good player, but he doesn’t really fit this system at all, and his injuries taking him where they did at pick No. 26 in round one was shocking to me.
Newsome isn’t the only one either. Jedrick Wills appears to be overvalued, Jordan Elliot has not turned out, Anthony Schwartz is a disaster, Harrison Bryant has disappeared, and Demetric Felton can’t even make the active roster. Fans tend to fall back on the Donovan Peoples-Jones pick in round six that makes him a top-five general manager in the NFL.