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Grading the 2020 Browns Draft Class Heading into Pivotal Third Year

As Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry heads into his third season, his first draft class enters will have added pressure to perform. How they grade out now and what's ahead of them for the 2022 season.
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Andrew Berry has been involved in every Cleveland Browns draft since 2016, but has been the man in charge starting in 2020. His first draft class as general manager is entering its third season.

Heading into the 2022 season, all seven of the Browns 2020 selections are competing for meaningful roles on the team. There are multiple players that will be given opportunities to earn starting spots on the team, but the players have to capitalize and pay it off or the team could be in the market for upgrades next year.

In all, the Browns could end up with six starters from this class for the 2022 season, which could a major reason the Browns are able to contend, whether it's this season or next.

In addition to the grades, the original evaluations that were done are included.

Entering the 2022 season, Donovan Peoples-Jones is the favorite to be the Browns second wide receiver behind Amari Cooper. In some ways, Jones is still more potential than proof, but he has tremendous ability.

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He was able to step in and make contributions as a rookie, including a game-winning touchdown catch against the Cincinnati Bengals. In his second year, Jones got off to a slow start, catching just four passes for 57 yards. The next three weeks, he caught 11 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

For Jones, it's all about consistency. It did not help by injuries to Jarvis Landry and eventually the mid-season divorce with Odell Beckham Jr. because that forced Jones to go from the third receiver, where he should have been, to the Browns top wide receiver.

Facing J.C. Jackson of the New England Patriots and Marlon Humphrey of the Baltimore Ravens in back to back weeks was a rude awakening for Jones. The Browns are hoping that experience is only going to help Jones continue to grow at the position. Jones will continue to work in training camp against potentially one of the better secondaries in the NFL.

If Jones can step up and own the #2 receiver spot playing with Cooper, the Browns offense will be decidedly more of a problem for opposing defenses. Both offer a nice combination of size and speed.

Even if Jones is more suited to be a third receiver in this offense, that would still be a great pick for the Browns in the sixth round.