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NFL Draft 2019: A Fan Reaction to the Cleveland Browns

A fan reaction to the Cleveland Browns 2019 NFL draft.

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The Cleveland Browns have probably had the most memorable off-season in team history. With the additions Kareem Hunt, Olivier Vernon, and Odell Beckham Jr. many fans didn’t think that the team could get much better. However, with the draft now over with, Browns general manager John Dorsey showed that he had magic up his sleeves once again.

As we all know, the Browns did not have a 1st round pick this year. Instead, Dorsey traded the 17th overall pick, the 95th overall pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers, for Odell Beckham Jr. a top 5 wide receiver in the NFL. Not a bad haul considering Cleveland needed a top receiver to fortify this already incredible looking offense.

Round 2 / Pick 46
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

If you would have told me that Greedy Williams would have been available close to when the Browns were drafting, I would have thought that you were crazy. Williams was my top corner on my board. In many early mock drafts, Williams was a top 15 pick. Somehow John Dorsey used his magical “Buddy Boy” powers and got his team a stud! Williams is one of the best cover corners.

Yes, there has been some speculation that Williams may not be the best tackler. However, tackling can be learned. And besides, as Dorsey has already said, he is here to cover wide receivers, not to tackle. The pairing of Greedy Williams with Denzel Ward will be deadly for opposing offenses for years to come! Apparently Odell liked the Browns drafting Greedy Williams too. Here is his reaction:

Round 3 / Pick 80
Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU

Sione Takitaki is not only a guy with a fun name to say. Takitaki is also one ruthless linebacker. You will NEVER see Takitaki take a play off. He plays every single snap like it’s his last. This man has a high motor and loves to hit hard. He also has a great pursuit of the ball carrier. The only thing that I see he needs to work on is his open-field tackling.

He also has gotten into some trouble for certain things during his time at BYU. However, he turned his life around and became a captain on that team. Takitaki has a chance to start at a linebacker position. He will shine on special teams. Personally, I like the player, but I think that we reached a little early to take him.

Round 4 / Pick 110
Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami (FL)

Sheldrick Redwine was a guy that I initially didn’t scout too much prior to the draft. However, after drafting him, I will say that this dude loves to hit. He is great against the run and is a very good solo tackler. During his 4 years at Miami, Redwine was responsible for 168 tackles and 98 of them were solo tackles. Redwine does struggle a little in passing coverage but I do believe that can be fixed.

He has loads of talent, but he needs some coaching. There are some things that he needs to work on so I don’t think that he will be much competition for a starting safety position. But, give him a few years to shine on special teams and some time to work on his craft, and I think that he will be very good. Overall, I question the pick, but I like the pick.

Round 5 / Pick 155
Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

This is one of my favorite picks that the Browns have made in the draft. I wanted Mack Wilson in the 3rd round so I believe that we got incredible value for him. Wilson has some amazing mechanics. He has very fluid hips which makes him great at covering running backs and tight ends. Just like Takitaki, he plays very hard. He is very good with his hands as well. Wilson is great at using his hands to shed blocks and also he is proven to have good ball skills with 6 total interceptions in his last 2 years at Alabama. I believe that he can compete for a starting position and he will be fantastic on special teams.

I absolutely believe that this pick was a steal!

Round 5 / Pick 170
Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma

I LOVE THIS PICK.

I don’t care that we used a 5th round pick on a kicker. This kid can play. This was the 3rd most important position to target this off-season, behind linebacker and safety. Why not go get the player that holds the NCAA record for most career points by a kicker with 499.

Yes, the Browns may have taken the last kicker that held that record in Zane Gonzalez, and that didn’t work out too well. However, this kid looks like the real deal. He also can punt and kick off which is a huge plus.

The fact of the matter is, we struggled in the kicking category in 2018. There were several games that came down to a missed field goal. I am all about bringing in guys that can do the job!

Round 6 / Pick 189
Drew Forbes, OG, SE Missouri State

When the pick was announced, I said “WHO”. I know it really didn’t matter because 6th round picks don’t always work out. But after learning about this kid, I’m very excited that Dorsey drafted him. Forbes was, in fact, Sports Illustrated’s mysterious “Prospect X”.

Prospect X was an article written by Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler that featured the draft’s deepest sleeper. But the catch was that they didn’t reveal the prospect’s name. Forbes is a very unique pick. He played left tackle in college, but it is said that he will have to move over to the guard position. This is because his arms are shorter than the prototype tackle. Regardless of the position that Forbes plays, he has the athletic ability to hold his own. He is good in run protection but really needs to work on pass protection.

This is a low risk, high reward pick and I love it! Hopefully, this kid can work his tail off and earn a spot on this roster and eventually become a starter. It would be a great story!

Round 7 / Pick 221
Donnie Lewis, CB, Tulane

Donnie Lewis was a 4-year starter for Tulane University. He could be considered a “ball hawk”. Although Lewis doesn’t have a lot of outstanding physical traits, he is very good at playing the ball on defense. In his last three seasons, Lewis had 7 interceptions and 34 passes defended. Lewis also takes a lot of chances when it comes to pursuing the ball. That at times worked in his advantage, but he also gave up a lot of touchdowns. In the 7th round, I’m totally fine with taking a chance on a kid that has a knack for finding the ball.

All in all, I am extremely excited for the off-season that the Browns and general manager John Dorsey has had! I can’t wait for this team to take the field!

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