No. 4 Cleveland Browns potential draft gem: Travis Dye, RB, USC
In last year’s NFL draft, Cleveland took running back, Jerome Ford from the University of Cincinnati which was a bit of a surprise given their depth chart. The Browns backfield is led by Nick Chubb and he’s going nowhere anytime soon.
However, Kareem Hunt may very well be on the move as he’s a free agent — as is D’Ernest Johnson. Suddenly, the depth doesn’t seem as deep, so the idea of adding another running back in this draft as well isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.
Travis Dye could be a nice fit in Cleveland and work his way up the ladder if he’s the one they choose. He’s had a lot of experience playing at the collegiate level, playing four seasons at Oregon plus a fifth season at the University of Southern California. In his last year at Oregon, he ran for 1,271 yards and had 16 touchdowns.
At USC, he continued his strong pace as in only 10 games he ran the ball 145 times for 884 yards and scored nine touchdowns. He also was used as a pass catcher, racking up 104 receptions for 1071 yards and scoring eight touchdowns in his career.
The Browns don’t need a running back to be a starter at this point but picking up an extra running back or two like Dye could be a really good thing for them moving forward. We don’t know how long Chubb will be in a Browns uniform as his contract will expire in a couple of seasons so it’s never too early to stock up on good talent.