Best & Worst Of Cleveland Browns Draft Class

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Imagine trading away your top draft selection for arguably the best receiver in the NFL and then subsequently landing the guy who was the consensus top player at a position of need for 90% of this year's NFL Draft cycle.

After decades of despair in Cleveland, suddenly the football gods are smiling down on the Brownies -- because that's exactly how things played out. First it was Odell Beckham Jr. for the 17th overall selection and then the team hauled CB Greedy Williams. This, coming after John Dorsey repeatedly threatened to get aggressive and jump up the board if he saw a player he coveted starting to fall into striking distance.

The Browns not needing to extend more draft capital to land Williams makes the booming selection of Greedy even bigger...but how did their full class play out? Let's take a look.

2.46 - CB Greedy Williams, LSU

3.80 - LB Sione Takitaki, BYU

4.119 - S Sheldrick Redwine, Miami

5.155 - LB Mack Wilson, Alabama

5.170 - K Austin Seibert, Oklahoma

6.189 - OG Drew Forbes, Southeast Missouri State

7.221 - CB Donnie Lewis, Tulane

Best Pick - CB Greedy Williams, LSU

Landing Odell and then Greedy is just...well...Greedy. Good for Cleveland. WITH THAT SAID, the Browns need to be considerate with Williams and let him thrive as an aggressive cornerback. New defensive coordinator Steve Wilks loves nothing more than to play zone coverage -- his 2017 Panthers defense ran zone coverage in over 72% of their snaps.

Don't do that with Greedy -- or if you do, play him in bail technique. Planting Greedy 8-10 yards off the ball negates almost every plus quality I listed.

Long story short, this is a great pick and terrific value. But that doesn't make it a lay-up for the Browns to cash in.

Worst Pick - LB Sione Takitaki, BYU

It's not even that I disliked Takitaki. Is this a little earlier than I'd have gone his way? Sure. But I think the opportunity cost is what stands out the most when poking holes in this pick at #80. Knowing full well the browns could have landed S Mike Edwards or S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson or S Khari Willis and then nailed down a (better) linebacker in Drue Tranquil certainly takes the luster off of the pairing of Takitaki and Sheldrick Redwine -- who I also like but liked Edwards and CGJ more.

With that said, I think the role for Takitaki is clear -- he needs to be the physical set of pads between the tackles for the Browns. The team needs a counter for all the running concepts inside the division -- Joe Mixon is a load, James Connor is an even bigger load and the Ravens have turned into a speedy ball-control rushing attack with QB Lamar Jackson at the helm.

Favorite Day 3 Pick - LB Mack Wilson, Alabama

If you told Browns fans they'd land Greedy Williams and Mack Wilson in the same draft back in November, they'd probably laugh at you. The draft is a fickle thing, you see. Wilson's slide ended at 155 and his ceiling is every bit as good as it was before he played a horrible final four games with the Tide.

Wilson's ceiling this late in the game is a no-brainer addition and if he's able to harness his plus plays in space and continue to make an impact in pass coverage, he'll be a steal.

Draft Grade: B+

I don't think the Browns wasted any of their picks and I think they'll get valuable returns from several of them. But I do think a misplayed pick at 80 will leave the Browns kicking themselves on some other potential combinations down the road.

Landing Greedy Williams in the 2nd-round sets a high bar for this class and I think Redwine could be a potential starter some day. Drafting kickers is a dangerous game but Austin Seibert has been as reliable as they come at the college level over the last two seasons.

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Director of Content

Director of Content & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.

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