This is the final segment of our “Positional Preview” series and we’ll be looking at one of the youngest and most intriguing parts of the team, the secondary.
Denzel Ward took the league by storm his rookie year, earning his first Pro Bowl nod and being a member of the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Ward, so far, is the most talented member of the secondary. He could be regarded as one of the top players at his position within the next couple years.
The Browns had one of the steals of the 2019 draft, grabbing the projected first rounder Greedy Williams in the second round. Williams played 12 games last season and finished with 47 combined tackles and 2 passes defended. Williams is expected to make a jump in his sophomore season and create a great young tandem with Denzel Ward.
Terrance Mitchell has appeared in 23 games for the Browns and has produced a pair of interceptions and forced fumbles. He’s a good veteran piece that will be able to help the young guys learn the ropes and could even be a decent piece this year.
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The Browns signed former Raiders safety, Karl Joseph, in the offseason. He lacked production during his time in Oakland and it was well known that he was on his way out, a fresh start in Cleveland could help him get his rhythm back and help put him back on track. Hopefully Joseph will be able to be a high level safety for the Browns and a mainstay on the back end.
Another former LSU tiger, Grant Delpit, has joined the secondary via the draft. Delpit slid out of the first round because of his inability to tackle, if he can polish his technique then he could be a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. He’s an electric playmaker that had huge success on the collegiate level and could translate well to the pros.
Reshad Jones: Jones was a high profile player for the Dolphins for a couple years. He’s getting up there in age but he could still be brought in as a mentor to the young guys.
Eric Reid: Reid showed that he’s still a quality piece last season. In a full season worth of starts, Reid recorded 130 combined tackles and a forced fumble. At 28 years old, he still probably has quality years left in him.
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