FOUR Things Cleveland Browns Must Do This Offseason to Get Back to Playoffs

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 27: Garrett Wilson #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines with teammate Chris Olave #2 during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

Draft a wide receiver in Round 1

Part of the Browns’ issue on offense wasn’t necessarily the quarterback play but more the lack of talented wide receivers that could run routes and elude their opponents and stretch the field. The team has struggled with this area forever. Odell Beckham Jr. was here for a hot second and that didn’t change much, especially this past season as he and Mayfield were bickering at each other most of the season.

Donovan Peoples-Jones was supposed to be that next big wide receiver, and everyone thought he was going to have a bust-out season when he was catching nice passes in practices. Obviously, those catches were in practices and not on Sundays. He had a better season than the previous one, but it was nothing to write home to mom about. When your tight end David Njoku had more receiving yards (475) than any of your wide receivers on the team then your team has a problem.

The Browns did draft a speedster in Anthony Schwartz a year ago in the late rounds but he’s still learning the game of football as he was more of a track athlete at Auburn. Cleveland also had Rashard Higgins on the team again this season, but he barely produced much either. He’s a free agent and likely looking for a new start with a different team.

So now the Browns must draft a new elite wide receiver and there are several to pick from. The team has the 13th pick, and the team would be wise to take one of them. The Cincinnati Bengals are certainly benefiting from that philosophy as they took Ja’Marr Chase from LSU to team up with their quarterback Joe Burrow. Many criticized the Bengals for not taking a lineman to protect Burrow’s blindside. However, the Bengals are a legitimate threat to get to a Super Bowl because of that combo of Burrow and Chase. Burrow has been sacked a ton this season, but the speed and elite athleticism outdoes a lineman any day of the week.

The Ohio State University has two elite wideouts available in the draft including Garret Wilson and Chris Olave. Alabama has Jameson Williams available, though he did mess up his knee in his last college game. There’s also giant 6’5 Drake London out of Southern Cal who is available. And don’t forget about Treylon Burke from Arkansas who is super-fast and stands at 6’3.

Drafting one of the Buckeyes would certainly be the most popular pick but this wide receiver class is very deep. I’d suggest the Browns draft two of these guys.

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