With the NFL Combine looming during an already sports-heavy weekend, the Browns might be dropping hints to which players they might look toward drafting in April.
General manager John Dorsey continues to fly under the radar with his recent signing. The Browns came to terms with former third-round draft pick wide receiver Jaelen Strong. When healthy and avoiding the NFL’s Substance Abuse protocol, Strong has shown flashes of brilliance. Strong was drafted by the Houston Texans, catching 28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in his first eighteen games before violating the Substance Abuse Policy. He then went to Jacksonville where he grabbed 38 catches and one touchdown for the Jaguars before tearing his ACL and ending his season. In an interview, Strong emphasized how grateful he is for this opportunity, and he is eager to contribute to what he feels is a strong (pun intended), up-and-coming offense.
While the buzz so far in the off-season has been on offense, one might gather that the Browns are going with a defense-minded draft. There are some edge rushers and solid defensive linemen to be had in this upcoming NFL Draft; however, the Browns’ needs should not be taken for granted. Dorsey came out of nowhere to draft Baker “Buddy Boy” Mayfield. We here at Big Sports Bulletin have been advocating for D. K. Metcalf with the first pick, and using the copious free-agency dollars for an edge rusher like Frank Clark or Dee Ford. The best hypothesis is to re-examine Dorsey’s drafts at Kansas City, and those drafts are chock full of talented offensive players, even the linemen.
Dorsey’s impact on the Browns’ roster brought almost immediate results as the team exponentially improved from NFL doormat to three quarters of play away from winning the AFC North in a year. Dorsey has proven he is a calculated risk-taker. It will remain to be seen whether he continues his own trend by drafting a receiver or offensive tackle or bucks it with a defender.