Cleveland has had an eventual offseason adding free agents and then trading for Odell Beckham Jr. That means that the Browns were without a first round pick. And even without one the Browns were still active with the ability to add some impact players. Our Cleveland Browns 2019 NFL Draft Review looks at each of the Browns picks, gives an overall grade and best and worst pick.
2nd Round, Pick #46: Greedy Williams CB LSU
For not having a first round pick the Browns made out good as Williams was considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and very well could have gone in round one. Cornerback was a big need opposite of Denzel Ward and if Greedy can live up to his potential the Browns have to potential shut down corners.
3rd Round, Pick #80: Sione Takitaki LB BYU
Needing help at stopping the run the Browns went out and got Takitaki who is at his best flying to the ball. Takitaki is also adequate enough in coverage dropping back in zone, but can get lost in man to man coverage.
4th Round, Pick #119: Sheldrick Redwine S Miami
Redwine is a height, weight, speed athlete that fits the exact requirements you would want out of the position. However despite those traits he doesn’t always play to that speed and leaves something to be desired. Cleveland hopes that Redwine can put it all together to add some depth behind Morgan Burnett and Damarious Randall.
5th Round, Pick #155: Mack Wilson LB Alabama
I got that Wilson was going to slide down in the draft but I would have never guessed it would have been all the way down to the 5th round. What a fall from grace as Wilson was thought to be the third best linebacker in the draft and a potential first round pick. That being said Wilson did leave some plays out of the field and reports that he didn’t interview well with teams. Cleveland has some strong personalities on their roster, but if Wilson is able to get his head right, this could be the steal of the draft.
5th Round, Pick #170: Austin Seibert K Oklahoma
I’m a little more lenient on drafting kickers than I am long snappers and punters, but in the 5th round? Come on. I don’t care how good of a kicker he is, some of the best in the business are either seventh round picks or undrafted free agents. No offense Austin.
6th Round, Pick #189: Drew Forbes OT Southeast Missouri State
Forbes is a small school prospect that has the height and athletic ability to play in the NFL but lacks good length. This likely means he moves inside to guard and gives the Browns some depth as they hope to develop him into a key backup.
7th Round, Pick #221: Donnie Lewis CB Tulane
Lewis suffered a broken foot during the East/West Shrine Game which prevented him from doing team workouts or even going to the Combine and likely hurt him with some teams. He has some quality ball skills but is thin and has short arms which hurts his cause.
Overall Grade: B
Best Pick: Greedy Williams
Biggest Reach: Austin Seibert
Best Value: Mack Wilson