The off-season has begun for the Cleveland Browns and it’s time for the Broulis Report to talk about some things that the Browns FINALLY won’t have to worry about.
For the first time in a very long time, the Cleveland Browns did not take part in “black Monday” in the NFL. That’s usually the Monday after the end of the regular season where coaches and general managers get fired by their teams.
After going 11-5, gaining an identity on offense and showing continuity in so many places, the Browns will not have to spend one second looking for a new GM, head coach or quarterback.
Cleveland GM Andrew Berry will be back. Berry had a good first draft class. Let’s go down the list and see how his draft picks turned out.
JEDRICK WILLS- OT- ROUND ONE, PICK 10- Wills was really good all season long. In only one game did Wills get called for multiple false start penalties or holding calls. Wills also made the all-rookie team. For a guy who made the switch from right to left tackle, he did a great job.
GRANT DELPIT-SAFETY-ROUND 2, PICK 44- Delpit tore his achilles and missed the entire season, so Cleveland doesn’t know what they have in him. Hopefully he’ll be the long-term answer at safety.
JORDAN ELLIOTT-DT-ROUND 3, PICK 88- Elliott did not play this season, so again, the Browns aren’t sure what they are getting. They hope Elliott will help out in run defense.
JACOB PHILLIPS-LB-ROUND 3, PICK 97- Jacob Phillips was injured most of the season. When he did play, he showed great sideline to sideline speed and tackling ability. Cleveland needs more of this at the LB position.
HARRISON BRYANT-TE-ROUND 4, PICK 115- Aside from some fumbles, Bryant had a good season. He showed the ability to catch and maybe more importantly block. Harrison, like Wills, also made the all-rookie team.
NICK HARRIS-CENTER-ROUND 5, PICK 160- In the game against the New York Giants, Harris was asked to play right guard in place of the injured Wyatt Teller. Harris played great. The offense didn’t miss a step. Also, starting center J.C. Tretter will eventually retire. Until then, this will allow Harris time to learn and maybe fill in at times.
DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES-WR-ROUND 6, PICK 187- A solid start to his NFL career. Only two touchdowns but no Browns fan will forget his touchdown catch against the Cincinnati Bengals that gave Cleveland the lead and eventual win.
Aside from the injuries to Delpit and Phillips and Jordan Elliott not playing, Gm Andrew Berry had a good draft. When almost all your draft picks contributed the way most of those players did, you had a good draft.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski met with the media the other day and told them he expects his assistants to all be back next season. Again, another plus heading into the 2021 season.
Stefanski has me excited with how good his offense can be with a year under the players belts and a more normal off-season. Stefanski had a few rookie moments, but more often than not, he did a great job. The players have clearly bought into his system and some have even taken to his identity when it comes to talking to the media.
The Browns will not be picking in the top 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25. This year, they will be selecting 26th. Look how far they’ve come. This is another sign of hard work. Only the worst teams pick high and now, Cleveland has made steps forward.
They will not be selecting a quarterback and won’t be trying to package 20 picks just to move up two or three spots. This is definitely a welcoming change to what Cleveland fans are so used to.
I will tell Browns fans one thing about the draft. DO NOT be surprised if Cleveland selects a WR with their first-round pick. I know they need a lot of help on defense but remember, they are expecting Grant Delpit back at safety, Greedy Williams to return from a shoulder injury, Jacob Phillips to play a full season and Jordan Elliott to return. That’s four pieces on defense that could drastically change the overall performance of how well they play.
Soon free agency will be getting a lot of attention and I’ll dive into all the possible targets Cleveland might have.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis