The Cleveland Browns have (another) new brain trust. How will this crew revamp the roster in the 2020 NFL Draft? We take a crack at improving the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns are so tired of losing and being the butt of NFL jokes that their ownership is willing to continually forsake continuity for the potential of the alternative of the year.
This year, the Browns are going with a brain trust of general manager/executive vice president of football operations Andrew Berry — who is on his second stint in Cleveland (2016-18) after spending a year with the Philadelphia Eagles — and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who was a hot coaching candidate after the year the Minnesota Vikings’ offense put together.
The Browns are obviously hoping that this is a winning combination and that Stefanski’s offense can be the best fit for Baker Mayfield and all of the weapons at his disposal, because it was clear that Freddie Kitchens — who is now a tight ends coach — was in a bit over his head after the Browns hired him last offseason to manage all of these personalities.
The Browns took on a lot of change this offseason including on the defensive side of the ball, where former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods — who was working with the San Francisco 49ers defensive backs this year — is getting a second crack at being a defensive coordinator.
This offseason, the Browns need to place an emphasis on improving the offensive line and protecting Baker Mayfield, who was sacked 40 times this past season compared to 25 times as a rookie.
Giving Mayfield time to throw is critical for Cleveland, which is why this mock draft — using the TDN mock draft machine — is going to really emphasize the offensive trenches.
Let’s see how this simulation went and how it would affect the Browns going forward.