Browns Senior Bowl Takeaways: Offense

at the same time as a outcome of the protection goes to be a heavy focus for the offseason, the Cleveland Browns do have areas they’d want to enhance on offense and the Senior Bowl supplied some prospects they might goal inside the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl had some intriguing names on the offensive side of the ball take part on this yr’s festivities, however some gamers who opted to tug out of the event or suffered accidents in the course of the week took proved to be disappointing. nonetheless, the Cleveland Browns obtained to search advice from everyone that participated and see how they fared over the course of the week.

The Browns aren’t extra seemingly to draft offensive deal with Dawand Jones from Ohio State. it is attainable he might even be picked earlier than they ever get on the clock. nonetheless, his damage restricted him to solely sometime of apply. Texas working again Roschon Johnson suffered a damaged hand that took him out for the week. he is a participant the Browns might have curiosity. which will impression his availability for the NFL Scouting mix and power him to attend till professional Day to work out for teams.

there have been some gamers that shined this week like Michael Wilson from Stanford and Puka Nacua from BYU. collectively with being older than the Browns are likely to draft, Wilson has by no means performed a full season of soccer, restricted by accidents. Nacua is okay for age and he even performs the jet participant function the Browns might search, however he solely performed one full season for the Cougars. so far, the Browns have tended to protect away from gamers with damage histories, stressing availability as an component of their evaluation.

each receivers had been unbelievable on this event, nonetheless it is the motive they are not featured. On to the six who’re. 

Malik Cunningham, QB Louisville

Cunningham had a better week than some might have anticipated. he is electrical collectively with his legs and he made a ton of performs that means all by way of his time at Louisville. nonetheless, Cunningham threw the ball reasonably properly. the place he actually shined was extending performs collectively with his legs and discovering receivers inside the ensuing chaos.

Cunningham is steadfast in his want to play quarterback. he is simply about the identical top as Michael Vick, however noticeably lighter than Vick coming out of Virginia Tech. Cunningham’s trend is incongruent with virtually all of teams inside the league and a lot of might choose to go on him. If there is a state of affairs the place he goes undrafted, he could be ultimate behind Deshaun Watson and Kellen Mond.

Stylistically, it is an unbelievable match for him and he could be an beautiful scout group quarterback in opposition to opponents to assist put together for amongst the numerous extra athletic passing threats inside the league. 

Tyjae Spears, RB Tulane

nobody did extra to make their case to NFL teams than Spears. concurrently, i am undecided how a lot distinction it is going to make when it entails his draft prospects.

Spears obtained here in weighing 205 kilos, which was good for him. he is obtained a lean wanting construct however clearly has some density. He confirmed out as a runner and tried to make the case for himself as a receiver and blocker.

coming out of the week, followers are buzzing about Spears being added to their group. it is warranted. The potential draw again for Spears is that this working again class is so stacked, it might be tough to make a large transfer up the board.

nonetheless, his burst and uncooked velocity is tantalizing and will current an unbelievable changeup behind Nick Chubb, competing with Jerome Ford for the second working again spot and first third down selection.

maybe Spears has pushed his means firmly into the third spherical versus being a third/fourth spherical selection. There are simply so many good backs and teams might even be affected person with the place exterior of Bijan Robinson from Texas.

Tank Dell, WR Houston

This venue was designed for receivers like Dell to excel. Dell made most seemingly the most of it and was arguably the very biggest receiver of the event.

when it entails his construct, Dell is virtually the similar to Tyreek Hill, who’s at present with the Miami Dolphins. there’s one notable exception. Hill was 185 kilos when he examined, 22 kilos heavier than Dell was for the Senior Bowl.

probably Dell will obtain a quantity of kilos forward of athletic testing, however as a outcome of he is so small, he now has to place up ridiculous numbers to make up for his lack of heft.

The question I proceed to have with Dell is how he’ll fare in a division that has the style of climate the Cleveland Browns endure. Dell is good, however his catch radius is small, requiring pinpoint accuracy from the quarterback. If that is now additionally impacted by wind, chilly or precipitation, it might probably be a difficult match. Dell appears to be like like somebody who could be biggest served taking half in in a dome or not decrease than a extra welcoming local climate.

None of that adjustments the exact indisputable actuality that Dell was dominant this week and he was prolific in his time with the Cougars.

Dontayvion Wicks, WR Virginia

Hicks had a miserable senior yr, so the Senior Bowl supplied a probability to remind teams of simply how dominant he was as a junior. He gives imposing bodily measurement and the most important wingspan of any of the receivers inside the event.

Drops have been a draw again for Wicks, however he caught the ball properly this week, collectively with by way of site visitors. This venue allowed him to showcase his toughness inside, however one in all many parts that might make him enticing to the Browns is simply how efficient Wicks has been as a downfield weapon.

Jonathan Mingo, WR Ole Miss

Mingo is a hybrid participant. he is a tweener which will contribute in a quantity of roles. The Senior Bowl highlighted amongst the numerous parts that work very properly for Mingo whereas exhibiting areas the place he struggles.

Mingo is biggest equipped to play inside the slot than on the pores and skin. At Ole Miss, he’d even play as a wing. there have been truly some matchups he obtained handily however there’s an exact question as to how a lot he can supply as an out of doorways menace.

the earlier insurgent excelled on routes that did not ask him to flip his hips an extreme quantity of. In routes had been his biggest, however slants and amongst the numerous routes shut to the objective line the place he’d promote inside and work to the nook. in the meantime, he struggled working comeback trend routes.

Blake Freeland, OT BYU

Freeland is a tower. His size is excellent for the place and he held up reasonably properly when going by way of power. there have been instances when he gave up some floor. Anchoring simply isn’t simple for him and one factor he might want to enhance.

Freeland possesses a slender construct. as a outcome of of this, he should be proper collectively with his toes to maintain away from getting crossed up. there have been a quantity of instances the place he overset if solely barely, opening the door for an inside transfer. that is the largest vulnerability Freeland goes to have.

Freeland simply isn’t ready for prime time, however he is an fascinating prospect that might probably be chosen on day three of the NFL Draft.

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