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Browns roster: UDFAs becoming a constant for Andrew Berry?

Moving on from failed draft picks opens up more space for undrafted guys

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The 53-man roster is set for the 2023 Cleveland Browns. After a long training camp & preseason, 53 players have earned their spots and will prepare to represent the Browns for this upcoming season.

The roster seems to be in a much better place than what it was the previous season. Both the offense and defense sides of the ball have seen quality upgrades whether that is the wide receiver room or the interior defensive line.

Here are the two takeaways from the 53-man roster for the Browns:

UDFA’s making the team is a recurring theme

Kudos to the Cleveland Browns scouting department. When it comes to finding undrafted players, Cleveland tends to find the diamond in the rough. In back-to-back years, at least one undrafted free agent makes the roster.

Last year it was safety D’Anthony Bell, this year it is safety Ronnie Hickman & linebacker Mohamoud Diabate. Diabate and Hickman were considered long shots to make the roster but due to solid performances in both camp & preseason, they were able to find a way onto the 53.

Diabate really turned heads with his performance throughout and it was evident. Whether it was forcing a safety with an exceptional tackle in the backfield or forcing a turnover it’s pretty apparent how talented Diabate is.

Diabate talked about what it meant to make the roster and it’s safe to say he is grateful to be on the roster and has a positive mindset:

As for Hickman, he showed off his ball skills early on in preseason tilts against the Washington Commanders & Philadelphia Eagles

Hickman talked about how he felt anxious but he felt he did what he could do. He did enough and it earned him a spot on the 53.

Both Hickman and Diabate will not see significant snaps on defense but both are expected to contribute on special teams for this team. The Browns scouting department deserves credit for finding these gems.

GM Andrew Berry shows his willingness to part ways with draft picks, and believes this roster is capable of big things

One of the main criticisms surrounding general manager Andrew Berry is his unwillingness to part ways with draft picks that turn out to be whiffs.

So much for that.

Four players from the 2021 Draft Class are no longer on the team: wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, running back Demetric Felton and safety Richard Lecounte.

As for the 2022 Draft class, defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey and kicker Cade York are also gone. Berry knows that this roster is talented enough to compete with the best of the best in the AFC. Willing to move off draft picks shows Berry is serious about the vision he has for this team.

Cleveland has a top 10 roster in the NFL, and now that roster has to come together in order to achieve the ultimate goal that they have.