The 2021 NFL Draft is finally behind us, so it’s time to talk about what the Cleveland Browns did this weekend.
General manager Andrew Berry did a great job in last year’s draft.
It looks like his drawing skills were carried over to 2021 as the Browns found hidden gems everywhere.
Pro Football Focus recently released its preliminary scores for all 32 organizations.
Unsurprisingly, the Browns ranked incredibly well in the 2021 draft.
The Browns started the draft with one of the biggest interceptions in recent memory.
They selected Northwestern defensive back Greg Newsome II with the 26th pick overall.
He was screened as one of the best defensive players in the entire draft class, but almost fell in the first round.
“Newsome is a very good prospect as well, representing incredible value here at No.26. He was battle tested on a small sample of snaps in 2020, facing 34 targets in his first four games. He held on, allowing just 93 yards and five first downs while making eight plays on the ball ”
In 2020, Newsome saw a small sample of just three games throughout the season.
Despite that, he is a gifted player and someone who can be useful both outside the cover and as a press man.
There are certainly a lot of perks to Newsome, so the brilliant Andrew Berry strikes again.
– The Browns Wire (@TheBrownsWire) April 30, 2021
It should be noted that the Browns already have Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams and Troy Hill as defensive backs.
Although Newsome is expected to compete with Williams for the second starting place at the corner.
Nonetheless, it was a great choice for Berry and Newsome should have been taken as a teenager, but fell into the arms of Cleveland.
Cleveland continued their road robbery through the second day of the draft.
They traded and selected Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah with the No. 52 pick overall.
He was ranked second best linebacker in coverage, but almost fell in the second round.
“JOK is a flexible and explosive athlete who can fill a number of defensive roles for Cleveland. That’s invaluable to one of the top 20 players on the PFF Big Board.
An off-the-ball linebacker who might have a bit of a learning curve professionally.
It’s hard to define a clear role for Owusu-Koramoah in the NFL, but he has enough talent to contribute somewhere.
The Browns also selected Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz in the third round.
A fast wide receiver who could quickly become the fastest player in the NFL.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2021
It was a strong Day 2 for the Browns, although these players might not have a huge impact right away.
The Browns catch quality depth with the advantage of being beginners at the pro level.
It seems Andrew Berry finds players under the radar and hooks them up before anyone notices.
That continued on Day 3 with the selection of Ohio State defensive tackle Tommy Togiai.
A popular prospect of Day 2 which fell in the fourth round and into the arms of the Cleveland Browns.
“Cleveland continues to commit freeway theft by getting Tommy Togiai, a Day 2 pick here on Day 3. He has a powerful bull push and can be a powerful three-way technique in both aspects. He earned a 87.8 running defense rating and a 77.0 running rating for the Buckeyes in 2020. ”
The young tackle is certainly thrilled to start his career with the Browns.
Let’s go up to Cleveland‼ ️
– Tommy Togiai (@ Big_Tom72) May 1, 2021
The final rounds of the draft are usually mostly for some extra depth or some development talent.
Someone like Togiai is a player who could contribute to the squad from day one, which is not normally the case with a player selected in round four.
There is no denying that the Browns front office has once again done a fantastic job.
Pro Football Focus ranked the Browns with an A + and it certainly seems appropriate given the talent Cleveland has been able to acquire.