The focus of the professional football world is currently on the NFL combine. When the invitees started to show off their skills, it also meant agents and representatives had shown up in Indy. Not only are NFL fans treated to draft prospects, but the rumor mill is officially open. Based on one of the two greatest needs for the Browns, wide receivers were the center of attention first. GM Andrew Berry uses free agency to not only improve the roster, but he also uses it to allow him to work the draft board. If Berry feels the wide receiver position is the most important to fill first at pick thirteen, then he’ll have his choice of some very talented players. So, who do I like?
Chris Olave & Garrett Wilson. If one of these two is available at pick number 13, I would be happy with either. Both are fast, accurate route runners that can create separation and have great hands. They both have benefited from the coaching of OSU receivers coach Brian Hartline.
Drake London. A tall wide receiver target with strong hands. Led the NCAA in catching contested passes and can adjust while the ball is in the air. Good route runner.
Treylon Burks. A big body, tall receiver with very strong hands. In college, Burks lined up the most in the slot. An average route runner who might have a problem with separation in the NFL.
Jahan Dotson. A smaller wide receiver who is a very crafty route runner. Very good hands and rarely drops passes. He has the natural ability to separate from defensive backs.
Jameson Williams. The wildcard due to his injury. Probably the best all-around wide receiver in this draft. He is a big play waiting to happen. Separates from defensive backs because of his quickness and fluid route running. Will a team draft him early knowing they’ll have to wait until he’s healed?
If Andrew Berry feels the defensive line is most deserving of the thirteenth pick, then popular thought is the team will draft a WR in the second round. Here’s my list.
Skyy Moore. Very impressive route runner. Can catch the ball over the middle. Is versatile enough to return kicks.
Calvin Austin. A detailed route runner who can run away from coverage. Great hands and catches the ball in stride. He’s a big play specialist who can line up wide or in the slot.
Christian Watson. A big-play threat. Has great hands and can out body smaller defensive backs. A good route runner who can track the deep ball.
David Bell. Excellent route runner with strong hands. His ability to adjust to the pass is exceptional which leads to spectacular catches.
As I said earlier, the popular opinion is the Browns will draft a wide receiver with their first-round pick. They are in a great position to draft a playmaker who will help the Browns offense. Even if Andrew Berry feels the defensive line is a more important position for the thirteenth pick, round two still offers talent.