About 2020 DRAFT
Watching the draft after one season is often premature – especially when the year is not even over.
For example, what can be said about Brown’s second-round pick? LSU Safety Grant Delpit was projected to be a starter this season. He tame a Achilles tendon and was out for the year.
In 2018, it was Austin Corbett – not Nick Chubb – who was the first pick in the second round of the draft by Brown. Chubb later made two selections.
Along with Brown, Corbett was seen as a hustler. He failed at left tackle, and then struggled with guards. Former GM John Dorsey still liked Corbett, but realized that the Nevada product had received a no-confidence vote from the 2019 coaching staff.
After playing a total of 15 snaps for the Browns, Corbett was traded to the Ramas for the fifth round of 2021.
Guess what? Corbett started the last 21 games for the Rams. He is not great. Profootballfocus.com (PFF) ranked him number 11 out of 55. You can debate the ratings, but Corbett plays every picture for a good Rams team. He should be respectful.
PFF ranks Brown guard at the top: Wyatt Taylor as No. 1 and Joel Bitonio as No. 3.
After 14 games, we can draw some conclusions from the Browns 2020, draft. At the very least, it is promising.
It began with the “alignment” demanded by owner Jimmy Haslam. It was up to Chief Strategy Officer Paul Depodasta that the front office and coaching staff worked together.
That led to GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski to be hired.
I looked back at the bid sheet after the 2020 draft.
“Andrew and I see things very equally,” Stephensky said. “When we talk about the draft, we have some cultural non-negotiators and some planned non-negotiators … We all knew where we stood in a set of issues.”
Stefenski and Berry set the mantra “tough, smart, accountable” for players. They wanted to get away from some of the character risks taken by the previous regime.
In terms of the scheme, Brown looked for players who fit Stephensky’s game-action, zone-blocking scheme. This requires players who are football smart, as this involves pre-snap movement.
On draft day, Berry said the Browns had 140 names “We wondered if we were looking within the browse organization: talent, planning, character, mental, you name it. We choose from a menu of players who We think the Cleveland Cleveland would be good. “
They ended up with six names.
They are not far from a MISS
Brown had to go into the draft to deal with Brown. There were four at the top of the class.
Brown played a gamble on Jedrick Wills Jr., believing that the star in Alabama could learn to play a more demanding left tackle spot in the NFL than Wright Tackle. Wills also did not play left tackle in high school.
It was a collaborative decision. Analytics, intelligence tests and pure scouting rated wills are placed in the elite category. But can he switch to the NFL? The final vote was given to Bill Kalhan, the offensive line coach who gave Wills two thumbs up.
“The best player available on our board happened to be in a position of real need,” Dedodesta said on draft night. “It doesn’t happen every year. We were thrilled to have Jedrick.”
I heard that Brown tackled the top four in that order: Wills. 2) Tristan Wirfs. 3) Mehki Becton. 4) Andrew Thomas.
The Wirfs have had a good year for Tampa Bay, but they have played the right tackle. Thomas has struggled. Becton is talented, but has suffered a few injuries.
For Wills, ProFootballFocus wrote: “He has been a rock for the Browns for most of the season guarding the blind side of Baker Mayfield … a big upgrade at one of the most important positions in their offense.”
Hard to know
Second-rounder Delpit is injured.
Third-rounder Jordan Elliott (88th pick) has shown some promise as a defensive tackle. He has played 30% of the snaps. Next year, Elliott could be important if Larry Ogunjobai leaves via free agency. So far, the Browns have not reached a contract extension with Ogunjobi.
Brown was very excited to grab Jacob Phillips (97th pick) late in the third round. He went to training camp believing that Phillips could also become a starter.
But the linebacker sustained an injury to his knee. He tried to bounce back a few times, but played only 41 snaps in the first 11 matches. He sat on seven of those games. Finally healthy, the Phillies played a season-high 22 snaps in a 20–6 win over the Giants.
“They did a great job,” said defensive coordinator Joe Woods on Thursday. He said, “He is a ball-watching bowler.” When the lights come on, he plays with his hair on fire … he’s just going to get better with each of his reps. “
Keep in mind that only 20% of all third-round regular NFL starts.
Never tight enough
The Browns had the third round over Harrison Bryant. They did not intend to draft a tight end. But when Bryant fell to him in the fourth round (115th), he quickly called his name. Florida Atlantic Product was the John McKay Award winner as the top tight end of college football.
Some fans may remember Bryant’s two females this season. Both were expensive. But coaches are high on Bryant, who has played 57% of snaps this season. This is more than the legendary Njok David Noku (36%).
Bryant brought up questions about his blocking in the NFL, but has proved to be a pleasant surprise. Bryant has caught 21 passes, including three for TDs. He is instrumental in Stephensky’s tight-end-heavy offense.
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Just as the Browns did not enter the draft in search of a center, they were thrilled to pick Washington’s Nick Harris in the fifth round (1608). Like Bryant, he had a higher round grade over Harris, where he dropped in the draft.
Stephansky on Harris on draft day: “There is some position flexibility with Nick. He is a talented player, very clearly planned fit with his movement skills … I like the makeup of the person. Once we lay our hands on him and teach him the system, we will see exactly where he fits – the center or guard. “
Veteran center Jessie Tretter remains healthy. But Harris was pressed into guard action last week when both Wyatt Taylor and Chris Hubbard were hurt. He did a great job. He did not play a single offense the entire season until the Giants game.
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In the sixth round (187th), Brown selected Donovan Peoples-Jones. He had an inconsistent career as a receiver at Michigan.
With Brown, he has been on special teams. A season-end injury from Odell Beckham Jr. has allowed him time to play for Peoples-Jones.
He has made two huge TD catches out of his 13 receptions. He has also returned kicks and punch.
The coaches spoke of his intelligence, his work ethic and willingness to learn different situations. He has played 60% of snaps in the last three matches, with eight passes.
He appears to be a big deal in the sixth round.
It is difficult to know whether players such as Phillips, Elliott, Bryant, Harris and Peoples-Jones will develop in the long term. But as traitors, they are able to help as role players.
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