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The Cleveland Browns added some exceptional talent during the offseason and look set to shake up the AFC North in 2019.
How did they play their hand in the NFL Draft?
|Drew Forbes||189||OG||SE Missouri|
|Wyatt Ray||DE||Boston College|
|Jarrell Owens||DE||Oklahoma St.|
|Jermaine Ponder||DB||St. Francis|
|Brian Fineanganofo||G||Idaho St.|
Browns 2019 Outlook
The Browns added WR Odell Beckham Jr and Rashard Higgins to partner Jarvis Landry at the WR position in the off-season. They also added RB Kareem Hunt in what is shaping up as a dynamic offense for QB Baker Mayfield.
They didn’t need to spent Draft picks on many offensive players, so it was no surprise their first didn’t come until pick 189 when they took OG Drew Forbes from South East Missouri.
Forbes is a monster of a lineman who can play tackle or guard. He weighs in at over 300 lbs, has a great anchor and is powerful with his hands. Look for him to play more regular football in place of Joel Bitonio in the new look Browns offense.
Kicker Austin Seibert was added to the squad in the late 5th round. The Browns had a horrible time with the boot last season. Four of their eight losses were by 3-points or less and they missed 18% of their extra points, the worst in the NFL. You can expect Seibert to get the nod ahead of Greg Joseph.
Guard Brian Fineanganofo is the most notable UDFA taken by the Browns. He played his final eight games at Idaho State at Blind Side and was named to the first team all-conference. This is a great pick up by the Browns. Remember the name, if you can pronounce it, you will be seeing a lot more of this guy.
The Browns had to wait until day two of the Draft to add to their ever-improving squad and they did so in style by taking CB Greedy Williams out of LSU. Williams is a little undersized for mine but is always a threat in the contest and will bring aggression and strength to his new franchise. Expect him to push Terrence Williams aside and gain the starting job on the right side for the Browns.
LB Sione Takitaki was drafted in the middle of the 3rd and what a player he is. The BYU product had a stellar final year making 119 total tackles and 4.0 sacks. He is more a leaner LB at 6’2” and 230 pounds but he plays with his heart on his sleeve and won’t be beaten.
Couple that with the 4th round signing of LB Lyndell ‘Mack’ Wilson from Alabama and the Browns have the two men who will lead their defense for the next decade. It won’t be long before these two make their way into the starting line-ups and form a formidable combination behind the line.
Miami FS Sheldrick Redwine was taken with the 119th overall pick and will push Damarious Randall all the way for the starting job. Redwine ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and can cover a lot of ground in the backfield. He is a tall, lean figure who dominates the contest.
Things are starting to look up for Head Coach Freddie Kitchens and the Cleveland Browns for the first time in years. They are building a solid team around a brilliant young QB and will look to take advantage of a weakened AFC North division in 2019.