We’re getting back to a bit of normality, but times have still changed in the NFL, including this year’s rookie minicamp for the Cleveland Browns. Rookie minicamp kicked off on Friday and featured a total of 18 players.
Last year, due to the pandemic, there was no rookie minicamp. To compare, then, we turn back to 2018, where the team had 28 players from the 90-man roster at rookie minicamp, as well as 30 players who were invited on a tryout. That’s 58 total players at rookie minicamp in 2019, vs. just 18 total players in 2021.
Of the 18 players at rookie minicamp this year, only 3 players were invited for tryouts. According to NFL COVID-19 protocols, a maximum of 5 tryout players were permitted for camp. Here is a breakdown of everyone at rookie minicamp:
2021 NFL Draft Picks (8 players)
- RB Demetric Felton
- WR Anthony Schwartz
- OT James Hudson III
- DT Tommy Togiai
- LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
- LB Tony Fields II
- S Richard LeCounte III
- CB Greg Newsome II
Undrafted Free Agents (5 players)
- RB Tre Harbison
- DE Romeo McKnight
- DT Marvin Wilson
- CB Emmanuel Rugamba
- CB Kiondre Thomas
Tryouts (3 players)
- QB Josh Love (San Jose State)
- QB Riley Neal (Ball State)
- WR Johnnie Dixon (Ohio State)
Not to discredit the chances of the tryout players making the team, but it seems clear why Love and Neal were invited: if the team wanted the other rookies to do some drills that needed a quarterback, then...Cleveland needed a quarterback at camp. With Dixon, it probably just helps to have another receiver to run reps.
Non-Rookies on Roster (2 players)
- TE Kyle Markway
- DT Malik McDowell
McDowell might as well be a rookie. Markway was on the team’s practice squad all of last season and is the only tight end at rookie minicamp. That meant Cleveland at least had one player at every positional group, excluding special teams. There was only one offensive lineman.