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NFL draft: Browns WR Cedric Tillman gives team a big, physical, explosive receiver

Tillman was less touted than his teammate but is more well rounded of a receiver

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns finally got on the board in this year’s NFL draft with the selection

The 74th pick was acquired as a part of the trade for WR Elijah Moore with the New York Jets. Cleveland gave up pick No. 42 to acquire Moore and pick No. 74. Interestingly enough, they used that pick to add another receiver to the team.

Let's take a quick look at the newest Browns player profile:


Cedric Tillman


Wide Receiver


6’3”, 213 pounds


Tennessee Volunteers


24 games: 109 receptions, 1,622 yards, 17 touchdowns
Best season (2021): 64 receptions for 1,081 yards and 12 TDs

Relative Athletic Score

Average “Big Board” Position As of Publishing Date

65th Overall

The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value

75.00/Third-Round Value

What an Expert is Saying

Fit with the Browns

While many thought speedster Jaylin Hyatt would be the Volunteer drafted to Cleveland, Tillman provides a bigger, stronger target with better run after the catch ability. Hyatt is a limited route runner while Tillman could help immediately as well as help replace Amari Cooper if the veteran starts to wane in skills or is too expensive.

The wide receiver room is full so it will be interesting which six make the final roster but that is a down-the-road issue.

Browns Players Drafting Tillman Could Impact

There is a myriad of players that adding Tillman could impact at receiver. Right now, Cooper, Moore, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tillman are likely the top four on the depth chart. After that David Bell, Marquise Goodwin and Jakeem Grant would seem to be next in line with one unlikely to make the roster.

Barring injury and/or a significant improvement this offseason, Anthony Schwartz has likely seen his last days in Cleveland.

Grade - B

While Tillman is an exciting physical receiver, his ankle injury that limited him in 2022 and his limited three-cone ability are concerning. He wins with physicality, something the Browns haven’t had but having players like Tyler Scott and Adetomiwa Adebawore still on the board makes this pick less exciting given the team’s needs.

SB Nation also gave Cleveland a “B” for the Tillman selection.

What do you think about the newest Browns receiver?