A panel of Cleveland Sports Talk writers will provide readers with an in-depth look at their choice for the Browns’ “Sleeper Stud” this season. Each article will reveal the writer’s choice for one player that they believe will elevate their game to a new level this year or even have a breakout year. Coming off a year with only one win and seemingly entering a new chapter with rookie QB DeShone Kizer, the Browns will need certain guys to step up and consistently play at their ceiling.
This series will start with offensive players that our writers believe will surprise in a big way this season –
Duke Johnson Jr. – The 2015 3rd rounder is going to be depended on for volume pass-catching out of the back field and even slot receiving. We will first see an in-depth opinion on what we could see from the former Miami Hurricane in his third year.
Ricardo Louis – The fast and athletic receiver that the Browns scooped up in the 4th round of the 2016 draft caught the game-winning score for Auburn labeled, “The Prayer at Jordan-Hare.” He claimed he was one of the top receivers in his draft class. Our second writer will express there’s no better time to prove it than this year and that he will fulfill his promise.
Isaiah Crowell – The Crow has collected just under 200 rush attempts in each of the last two seasons. Last year, he neared 1,000 rushing yards and caught 40 receptions while racking up seven touchdowns. We know he is set to prove that he is worth a big contract this year. Our third writer will share his thoughts on why he will go above and beyond that task with a breakout season.
This series will then focus on defensive studs that CST authors believe will come to life –
Carl Nassib – The former Penn State walk on will kick off the second half of this series of sleeper studs. One of our writers will dive in-depth on why they believe Nassib’s second year is the time to shine as a rising defensive end for the Browns.
Joe Schobert – Another former walk on who earned multiple awards as a linebacker for Wisconsin will certainly have the opportunity to solidify his spot as the starting middle linebacker for the Cleveland Browns this year. The 2016 4th rounder is entering his 3rd year in the league and it’s his time to start leading on this young team.
Jabrill Peppers – The only rookie that will be discussed in this series is the Browns 2017 late-first-rounder from Michigan. Although this is his first year and he’s young, don’t let that fool you into thinking he comes without experience. Most guys are focusing on their one position in college but not Peppers. He played safety and roaming linebacker on defense, wildcat QB and running back on offense and ran back balls on special teams. Being so versatile, one of our writers will expound on why Peppers’ first year is already set to be a breakout.
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