April 23, 2024

Welcome to the slow NFL news season. Between now and training camps opening up, social media will be overloaded with power rankings, positional group rankings and roster projections. I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with these postings, I enjoy reading the opinions of others and don’t get upset if these writers have a low opinion of the Browns. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. After a very positive mandatory OTA, I’m going to join the parade. Here’s my post minicamp 53-man roster.

Quarterback (3). Watson*, Dobbs*, Thompson Robinson*.

Running Back (3). Chubb*, Ford*, Felton.

Wide Receiver (6). Cooper*, Peoples-Jones*, Moore*, Bell*, Goodwin*, Tillman*.

Tight End. (3). Njoku*, Bryant*, Akins*.

Offensive Tackle. (4). Conklin*, Wills*, Hudson*, Jones*.

Offensive Guard (4). Bitonio*, Teller*, Dunn, Deaton.

Center (2). Pocic*, Wypler*.

Defensive Tackle (4). Tomlinson*, Elliott*, Ika*, Hurst.

Defensive End (5). Garrett*, Smith*, Okoronkwo*, Wright*, McGuire*.

Linebacker (6). Walker*, Takitaki*, JOK*, Adams*, Kunaszyk*, Fields.

Cornerback (6). Ward*, Emerson*, Newsome*, Green*, Ford*, Michell*.

Safety (4). Thornhill*, Delpit*, McLeod*, Bell.

Special Teams (3). York*, Hughlett*, Bojorquez*.

The (*) denotes the 46 players who are locks to make the roster barring injury. They have guaranteed money in their contracts, are starters from last year or are 2023 draft picks. Examples of starters with no guaranteed money who were starters in 2022 are, Peoples-Jones, Cooper, Bojorquez, Delpit and JOK. That leaves seven roster spots open for competition when training camp begins, again barring injury. The three position groups to watch are running back, wide receiver and defensive tackle. At running back, Felton could be replaced by a veteran. At wide receiver, the Browns must decide if they want to keep six or seven players. Jaelon Darden really impressed during the minicamp and he can return punts and kickoffs. At defensive tackle, I have Hurst making the roster. It’s my opinion that he’s the second-best DT on the roster. His problem has been staying healthy. He has the ability, not the availability. Finally, Elloitt and Bryant both redid their contracts and are now roster locks because of their guaranteed money.

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