The Cleveland Browns are three days into this year’s training camp. Projecting what their initial 53-man roster will look like is a shot in the dark but there seem to be a lot of certainties as well.
Those two moves, along with some whispers from training camp so far, have led to a couple of changes to our projections. Wide receiver may have the biggest head-scratchers so some quick explanations:
- Daylen Baldwin has seen time with the first and second teams already in camp. With Goodwin potentially sidelined, Baldwin could get a spot despite being a big receiver that lacks speed.
- Jaelon Darden beats out Jakeem Grant for the final receiver spot and as the team’s primary returner. Grant is still working on the side after last year’s Achilles tear. The 24-year-old Darden has 52 punt returns and 21 kick returns in his two years in the league.
A few other roster projections might catch your eye, we will discuss them after the list and encourage you to discuss them in our comment section at the bottom of the page.
|QB - 3||Deshaun Watson||Josh Dobbs, Dorian Thompson Robinson*|
|RB - 3||Nick Chubb||Jerome Ford, Hassan Hall^|
|WR - 7||Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Elijah Moore||Cedric Tillman*, David Bell, Daylen Baldwin, Jaelon Darden|
|TE - 3||David Njoku||Jordan Akins, Harrison Bryant|
|OT - 4||Jedrick Wills, Jack Conklin||James Hudson, Dawand Jones*|
|Guard - 3||Joel Bitonio, Wyatt Teller||Michael Dunn|
|Center - 2||Ethan Pocic||Luke Wypler*|
|DE - 6||Myles Garrett, Za'Darius Smith||Ogbo Okoronkwo, Alex Wright, Isaiah McGuire*, Lonnie Phelps^|
|DT - 4||Dalvin Tomlinson, Siaki Ika*||Jordan Elliott, Maurice Hurst|
|LB - 5||Anthony Walker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||Sione Takitaki, Matthew Adams, Mohamoud Diabate^|
|CB - 6||Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome II, Martin Emerson||AJ Green, Mike Ford, Cameron Mitchell*|
|Safety - 4||Juan Thornhill, Grant Delpit||D'Anthony Bell, Rodney McLeod|
|Kicker - 1||Cade York|
|Punter - 1||Corey Bojorquez|
|LS - 1||Charley Hughlett|
There are a lot of difficult decisions as the Browns balance their immediate needs with the future. For example, LB Jordan Kunaszyk played well in a part-time role last year but rookie UDFA Mohamoud Diabate has a chance to stick around for a few years on a cheap deal.
Figuring out how DC Jim Schwartz will value defensive ends versus defensive tackles will also be interesting. GM Andrew Berry noted that Smith, like Myles Garrett and Alex Wright, could slide inside to help at defensive tackle so Phelps made the roster over Tommy Togiai, Trysten Hill and Michael Dwumfour.
At safety, D’Anthony Bell could get challenged by Ronnie Hickman, Bubba Bolden and Tanner McCalister for the final roster spot.
Where do you agree or disagree with our projections after just a few days of training camp?