How will the Browns use their picks in the 2019 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Cleveland Browns have missed the postseason for 16 straight seasons after finishing at 7–8–1 in 2018.
After taking Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield with the first pick in the 2018 draft, the Browns began a rebuild. With their offense securely in Mayfield's hands after a solid rookie season and Freddie Kitchens at the helm as Cleveland's new head coach, the Browns will look to continue the team's rebuild.
Cleveland acquired star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., from the Giants in a trade this offseason, and hold the 17th pick in the first round of the 2019 draft.
We're breaking down each of the Browns' selections in this year's NFL draft with grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit, as well as providing a full list of Cleveland's picks, which will be updated as the draft continues.
Round 1, No picks
Round 2, Pick 14 (No. 46 overall): Greedy Williams, LSU, CB
Andy Benoit's grade: B
Denzel Ward is a budding star, but T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell are both up-and-down No. 2/No. 3 corners. To stabilize things and add depth, the Browns tapped a long, speedy playmaker in Williams. Transitional movement can be a bit of an issue with Williams, so he might not be able to match every style of receiver. But Ward typically takes the smaller, quicker guys, and Williams has the body to compete with the bigger guys.
Round 3, Pick 16 (No. 80 overall): Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU
Andy Benoit's grade: C-
Takitaki was considered a boom-or-bust performer at BYU. Assuming the Browns will re-up productive middle linebacker Joe Schobert when his contract expires after 2019, this pick could have been made with special teams primarily in mind.
Round 4, Pick 17 (No. 119 overall): Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
Round 5, Pick 17 (No. 155 overall): Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 32 (No. 170 overall): Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma
Round 6, Pick 16 (No. 189 overall): Drew Forbes, G, Southeast Missouri St.
Round 7, Pick 7 (No. 221 overall): Donnie Lewis Jr., CB, Tulane
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