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Cedric Tillman In For Big Year One With Cleveland

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Cedric Tillman is fresh off a productive career with the Tennessee Volunteers and will be thrown to the fire in the NFL.

Former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cedric Tillman has had an interesting path to the NFL. He went over 1,000 yards in 2021 and seemed primed for a big year before departing to become a top-50 NFL Draft pick. However, life had other plans.

Tillman battled injuries through the 2022 season but fought through to try and help Tennessee compete for a national championship. Though his efforts were valiant, his injury hampered him from playing up to his potential that he flashed in 2021. He slipped to pick No. 74, where the Cleveland Browns happily scooped him up. The Browns didn't have a pick in the first two rounds, making Tillman their first selection of the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Browns are one of the most interesting teams in the NFL. They traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson last offseason amid sexual misconduct allegations from dozens of women. They mortgaged their future around Watson, and their franchise success largely revolves around how he performs. The front office invested resources to help him this offseason, trading their second-round pick for disgruntled New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore and, of course, selecting Tillman.

While he's a third-round pick, many expect him to be a starting-caliber player for Cleveland. The local media has reported that he's done well in minicamps and that the Browns are impressed with his physicality and versatility on the outside. Tillman has expressed that he's excited get back on the field and make impact plays like he did for the Vols in 2021. 

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