1. Anthony Schwartz, Wide Receiver
When the Browns selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was seen as a bit of a reach. Even so, it was also easy to see what Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski saw in him. Schwartz had the one thing Cleveland’s offense lacked, insane track speed — although he needed a lot of work as a route runner.
Now two years into the experiment, it’s time to pull the plug. Schwartz came up huge in his debut with a 44-yard catch to start his career. He totaled 69 yards on three receptions and another 17 on the ground. But since then, he’s been non-existent.
Schwartz had just seven more receptions during his rookie campaign and four in 2022. That means in two seasons, he has 14 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown. As a runner, he has 96 yards on 10 rushes for another score.
While he’s shown some flashes, he’s also had some terrible drops. This became a huge issue for him in 2022 as he had five passes go through his hands in the preseason. He then had three drops on just 10 targets this year — meaning he dropped 30 percent of his targets and caught just 40 percent.
It’s true that Schwartz was a project player but at this point, he’s taking a roster spot that could be used to help them improve their passing game now.