“I’m very happy to have Odell Beckham as the 17th Pick in the 2019 Draft.”
The Cleveland Browns came into the 2019 NFL Draft with eight picks and for the first time in a long time, very few holes on their roster.
Defense was the common theme of this draft for the Browns.
After trading up for arguably the best cornerback in the draft in Greedy Williams, the Browns left themselves with seven total picks and six remaining after the selection. The Browns then used two more picks to add more depth to the secondary, something we desperately needed. Another two picks were used on linebackers, which at this point is our weakest position. The other two picks were used for offense, one to beef up the offensive line and add competition to kicking.
The Browns went into this draft and addressed their weaknesses, while also following their draft board. Something we haven’t seen our front offices do in the past 20 years (excluding the 2018 draft). John Dorsey had a plan and executed. But this draft plan came together on March 13 when the Cleveland Browns traded the 17 overall pick for Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr.
Before the trade was completed, at 17, us fans had been debating if we should go d-line or secondary. Greedy Williams was always a possibility for us at 17. When the trade happened to acquire Odell, the idea then became that we would have to trade into the end of the 1st or 2nd round to get a top corner or defensive tackle.
Somehow, someway, Greedy slipped past 17 and fell 29 picks to the Cleveland Browns at 46. This draft pick makes the Odell trade look like an even better fleecing of a New York Giants franchise that doesn’t know which way is up. The Giants selected Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence at 17, which to me was the best pick they have made since Saquon. But it feels like they could’ve done more in this draft with the extra ammunition they acquired from the Cleveland Browns.
Looking back on this draft, only a few teams really filled holes and got better. On the other hand, you have the Cleveland Browns who got significantly better. Not only drafting for need and getting the best corner off the board, but also acquiring arguably the best WR in the league.
When we look back at the 2019 NFL Draft, Odell will always be a part of this class for us. So continue to remind the rest of the league and our fans that at 17 overall, Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best draft picks the Cleveland Browns have ever made.
Side note: The Browns drafted the best corner in the 2018 and 2019 draft. If that doesn’t scare opposing quarterbacks, then they should watch their blindside when Myles Garrett is running at them like a mad man and the QB can’t find an open receiver.