2. Demetric Felton, RB/WR
Donovan Peoples-Jones was a success story for the Cleveland Browns in Round 6 of the NFL Draft. The Michigan product was added in 2020 and while he had just 14 receptions, he averaged more than 21 yards per catch.
He’s developed much more since then but his potential was evident from the first year he was in Berea. For that reason, Demetric Felton had a bit of a spotlight on him.
Cleveland’s sixth-round selection in 2021 was expected to be another steal as the UCLA product offered multiple ways to manufacture offense. He was not just a running back but also played wide receiver for the Bruins, and was a return man.
During his rookie campaign, Felton had 18 receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He added 227 yards on punt returns and 172 on kickoffs. Those numbers were enough to raise expectations for his sophomore campaign.
However, Felton went in the wrong direction in year two. He finished with negative-four yards rushing, eight as a receiver, and a combined 53 as a returner. His main issue was fielding the ball cleanly, which ended up being his undoing.
After fumbling the ball four times as a rookie, he had one more fumble but had a few other scares on punt returns. This led to him being on the sideline for the remainder of the season. Looking ahead to 2023, they would be best served to go after another returner and emergency running back/slot receiver.