Cleveland have been in the Dawg House and the laughing stock of the league for years. However, with new additions in free agency and through good selections in previous drafts the Browns have compiled a pool of very talented players. With this draft, the Browns have continued to build around Baker and build up a potentially tough defense.
- First Round
With the 10th overall selection, the Browns selected the number one tackle in the class with Jedrick Wills Jr. He has great technique and a strong punch to punish edge rushers. He is athletic with great foot quickness. He is also very competitive and tough. He plays very physical and overall shows great polish as a blocker in general. He does not have the ideal size and length as a tackle. He shows his intelligence with his pre-snap reads on opposing rushers. He gets caught lunging when he relies too much on beating edges with his upper body. He can also get beat with counters to the inside when he sets to the outside too quickly. With the addition of Wills, the Browns now have a very solid offensive line to protect Baker Mayfield. This improved offense could potentially be very potent with Baker allowed to take more time to read a defense with the good pass protection as well as the bootlegs that will be predominantly run in the Stefanski and Van Pelt offense.
- Second Round
With the 44th overall pick, the Browns selected star safety Grant Delpit out of Death Valley. Throughout the year Delpit played through injury which lowered his draft stock from the unbelievable sophomore campaign that made him a top 5 or 10 selection coming into the 2019-2020 season. Delpit is your typically center fielding free safety that has the incredible range that players like Earl Thomas and Eddie Jackson possess. On tape Delpit shows the incredible speed and range to cover all over the field. A big concern is his tackling. However, he can brush this up because he already possesses the physical mindset to hit ball carriers but he takes poor angles to the ball and gets beat. He is great in coverage with his length and speed to drive on and pick/break up passes. He processes well and has good timing on routes and blitzes. Delpit is an all-round great safety. The big knock that dropped him to the second round in the first place was that he struggled mightily with tackling. With the third addition to the young defensive back group alongside Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward, Delpit adds to the potentially very strong Browns defense with a strong front seven and the young talented defensive backs.
- Third Round
At 88th overall and 97th overall, the Browns selected a defensive tackle in Jordan Elliott and a linebacker in Jacob Phillips respectively. Elliott showed flashes of talent at Missouri. He shows good run defense where he anchors and uses his good hands and strength to hold his gap. He has quick sheds with his fast feet and hands. He has good power against blockers. However, he is slow off of the snap and not the greatest pass rusher. He is not great and reading blocks and needs to finish plays. Jacob Phillips played middle linebacker at LSU next to Patrick Queen. He is a good tackler and a good downhill player. He has a good step going downhill to blow up a play. He does have a lot of things to work on though. He struggles with reading gaps, coverage, and lateral mobility. For this round, the Browns get a solid depth pick in Jordan Elliott. If he polishes and develops into his full potential, he could be a solid tackle for years to come. Phillips on the other hand is a little bit of a development pick who needs more work than Elliott.
- Fourth Round
With the 115th overall pick, the Browns selected Harrison Bryant. One of the top tight end prospects in the entire draft. The fact that he fell to the 4th round shows how deep the class was as a whole. That’s beside the point, Bryant is a light receiving tight end with good acceleration to get down the field. He is a sure-handed pass catcher with good awareness to fight for balls. He is not great at boxing out defenders and his lack of length is apparent and puts a cap on his jump ball ability. He has a good route running ability to get open and has the body control to adjust to off-target throws. However, a big downside is that Bryant is not a well-developed blocker. Overall, Bryant is a good receiving tight end that needs to develop his lower half to improve his blocking and top-end speed down the field to be a solid tight end in the league.
- Fifth Round
At 160th overall the Browns picked the center, Nick Harris, out of the University of Washington. He is a very good run-blocking center that creates lanes and combo block up to the second level to create more space for the ball carrier. He does forget to engage his feet to stay square to a rusher or potential tackler. He shows great lateral ability in run rush and pass rush, however, he is inconsistent to anchor against rushers. He has a tight, crisp punch to go along with his low center of balance that allows him to stay in a defender’s chest when he locks on. He is lacking in length with a softer core that makes it easier for longer rushers to outreach him and push him back into the pocket. He does get grabby when panicked, punches too high at times, and is late to snap which causes flags. Overall, Nick Harris will fit well in the Browns system due to the run-heavy, and bootleg heavy offense that they run will allow him to develop as a pass protector and avoid the negatives that Harris presents.
- Sixth Round
With there final pick at 187th overall, the Browns selected wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones from Michigan. There were a lot of mixed grades on Peoples-Jones. Some liked the athleticism that made him a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, and some looked at the mediocre production that he got at Michigan. He has solid footwork for the great size that he possesses. He has solid hands and is a very comfortable ball tracker. He has the strength to break tackles and block to spring outside runs. He has the vision and speed to be a solid ball carrier after the catch. He is super competitive and will give 100%. Due to his size, he lacks short-yardage quickness. A question that the Browns may have is his ability against press-man coverage. He does not have twitchiness to create separation at the line and is not explosive in his routes. He does get disrupted against zone coverage and does also have concentration drops from time to time. He does have questionable production due to the shaky quarterback play. You can see the potential with Peoples-Jones averaging a touchdown every 6 receptions. Overall, if Peoples-Jones can develop and learn the trade under Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. to develop his technique on top of the already incredible athleticism. He can be an incredible wide receiver in the league.
All in all the Browns had an incredible draft and got incredible value with most if not all of their picks. Under Andrew Berry, the Browns have young talent that can become a core to potentially very good and very successful organization down the line. They are building around Baker and the strong running game that they established to ensure Baker stays healthy and that Chubb and Hunt have holes to run through. Baker has the talent to throw to, and the protection to get the pass off. They now have a very solid defensive line and backs group with a linebacker core with something to prove. Overall, the Browns have the talent to have a winning record and are a big sleeper to make it to the playoffs.