Predicting the Browns offensive depth chart after the 2019 NFL Draft

The Browns added seven players in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the draft impact on the offense was pretty minimal. Only one of the seven picks plays offense.

Here’s how the offensive depth chart stands after the draft.

Quarterback

Starter: Baker Mayfield

Backup: Drew Stanton

Bubble: Garrett Gilbert

The Browns are set at QB with Mayfield and did not address the position in the draft. Stanton returns as the veteran backup. Gilbert set the AAF on fire and could seize a roster spot if he shows enough to convince coach Kitchens to keep a third QB.

Running back

Starter: Nick Chubb

Reserves: Kareem Hunt, Duke Johnson, Dontrelle Hilliard

Competing: Devante Mays

Another position where the Browns stood on their current guys in the draft. To paraphrase John Dorsey, Duke Johnson remains on the team until he is not anymore. Hilliard showed enough as a rookie last year to stick as the deep reserve. Hunt is suspended for the first 8 games, which leaves an opening for Mays or another aspirant to get a shot.

Tight end

Starter: David Njoku

Reserves: Demetrius Harris

Competing: Orson Charles, Seth DeValve, Pharaoh Brown

Njoku enters his third year brimming with ability but still in need of consistency. Harris was signed as a free agent and figures to be the primary blocking TE, a role that will earn him some starts but also other weeks where he doesn’t play much.

At least one, and probably two, of the other holdovers will make the team. Charles has the best chance because of his ability to play fullback and H-back. It’s a big offseason for DeValve, who has done little in his two seasons in Cleveland.

Wide receiver

Starters: Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins

Reserves: Antonio Callaway

Competing: Jaelen Strong, Damion Ratley, Blake Jackson, Derrick Willies, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppe, Ishmael Hyman

The first four spots appear locked in. At least one other will make the team, with 2018 draftee Ratley having the inside edge. Special teams will be key for any in the “competing” category. No draft picks added here, either.

Offensive line

Starters (left to right): Greg Robinson, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Austin Corbett, Chris Hubbard

Competing: Eric Kush, Kendall Lamm, Desmond Harrison, Kyle Kalis, Brad Seaton, Bryan Witzmann, David Bright, Drew Forbes

Forbes is the only offensive draft pick and he’s making a big jump from playing tackle at the FCS level to guard in the NFL. Expect him to make the practice squad. Kush is the most experienced reserve and can play both guard and center. Lamm vs. Harrison for the swing tackle spot is one of the more interesting camp battles shaping up.

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My 2019 Draft Predictions. I now believe Murray to the Cardinals is a smoke screen and grab Bosa!

This was my April mock draft with no trades, spent a lot of time watching tape and creating this list and taking the combine and latest FA moves into consideration before making the picks, if anyone has any input or questions etc about the picks feel free to discuss in the comments.

1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma (I believe this pick will not happen now and pick Bosa at #1 but I’ll share what I originally picked.

2. San Fransisco 49ers – Nick Bosa – Edge – Ohio State

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams – DT – Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders – Devin White – MLB – LSU

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Allen – Edge – Kentucky

6. New York Giants – Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Devin Bush – MLB – Michigan

8. Detroit Lions – TJ Hockenson – TE – Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills – Rashan Gary – DL – Michigan

10. Denver Broncos – Cody Ford – OL – Oklahoma

11. Cincinati Bengals – Jonah Williams – OL – Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers – Montez Sweat – Edge – Mississippi State

13. Miami Dolphins – Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State

14. Atlanta Falcons – Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson

15. Washington Redskins – DK Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss

16. Carolina Panthers – Brian Burns – Edge – Florida State

17. New York Giants – Andre Dillard – OT – Washington State

18. Minnesota Vikings – Dalton Risner – OL – Kansas State

19. Tennessee Titans – Clelin Ferrell – Edge – Clemson

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams – CB – LSU

21. Seattle Seahawks – Garrett Bradbury – OL – NC State

22. Baltimore Ravens – AJ Brown – WR – Ole Miss

23. Houston Texans – Ed Oliver – DL – Houston

24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs – HB – Alabama

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Parris Campbell – WR – Ohio State

26. Indianapolis Colts – N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona State

27. Oakland Raiders – Deandre Baker – CB – Georgia

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Dexter Lawrence – DT – Clemson

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy – CB – Washington

30. Green Bay Packers – Hollywood Brown – WR – Oklahoma

31. Los Angeles Rams – Mack Wilson – MLB – Alabama

32. New England Patriots – Irv Smith Jr – TE – Alabama

Antonio brown V juju smith schuster social media Spat!

Antonio Brown may want to put down the phone. What’s your views on the whole situation? Hit me up and let me know what you think.

The star Raiders wide receiver tried to continue his public shaming of his former teammates Monday, though his latest stunt seems to have backfired.

Brown posted an Instagram showing a screenshot of a 2015 direct message from Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was then at USC and asking for advice about making the NFL. Brown included the caption “……..” with a microphone emoji and the hashtag “#OnToTheNext.” If Brown thought he was outing Smith-Schuster for admitting he looked up to him, he was late to the party, as Smith-Schuster tweeted a screenshot of the conversation himself two years ago. Plus, the content of the message only paints Smith-Schuster in a kind light. the University of Southern California. I appreciate all your work. Your [sic] a great man on and off the field. Do you have any tips that can help take my game to the next level? Thanks man.”

The former teammates have been feuding since Brown ripped Smith-Schuster on Twitter on Sunday for his fumble in Week 16 last season, which cost the Steelers a chance at the playoffs.

“All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league,” Smith-Schuster later wrote in a tweet, referring to Brown. “I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/ a big contract, and now he takes shots at me on social media?” #passinterference #nfluk🇺🇸🏈🇬🇧 #nfl #nfldraft #nflrumors #nflcombine #nflnews #antoniobrown #jujusmithschuster #raiders #steelers

Is Chiefs great Jamaal Charles a Hall of Famer?

Is Chiefs great Jamaal Charles a Hall of Famer?

Charles self-diagnoses his gold-jacket viability pretty well.

RB Jamaal Charles this to say on the matter. “I mean, some of my numbers look way better than some people already in Canton…I think what’s gonna definitely haunt me is not winning a Super Bowl but I hope that people can see what type of person I was from playing football, on the field and off the field.”

will he make the Hall of Fame? It’s looking like he mIght have played his last game in the NFL.

5 lessons learned from the AAF

It didn’t have to happen this way, but the AAF looks to be finished unless there is some Hail Mary to save the startup league. Terry Dundon took his money and the AAF’s footballs and went home. The league that everyone was excited about only a few short weeks ago didn’t even make it through a full season. The body isn’t cold, but it’s probably time for a top of the line initial thoughts autopsy here on what went wrong and what we can take away.

Have a business plan that actually works

We’ll get to Dundon’s investment and why it ended up being a bad thing in a second, but if AAF leadership thought they had a sound business plan before they launched the league, it’s pretty obvious they grossly overestimated something because the league was ready to fold early on in the season and ended up folding anyway. The AAF either got too aggressive with revenue projections or greatly underestimated the costs of running an actual league. Well, they had to have done one of those two things or their business plan was to not pay players and see how that went over. In the beginning the AAF made it sound like the league was going to be complementary to the NFL. That obviously changed when . . .

Be wary of outside investors and their motives

Terry Dundon stepped in and said all the right things. He said the AAF didn’t actually have a cashflow problem — they had to have had a cashflow problem — and he said he was in this for the long haul because he saw great potential in the AAF. Well, that changed in a few short weeks. There are a lot of rumors going around the internet about why Dundon pulled out. We know his version is that he thought the AAF needed NFL players and it was the NFLPA’s fault that the league failed because the union wouldn’t allow NFL contracted players in the AAF. There was also a rumor out there reported by Albert Breer:

To anyone that says that $70 million seems like a lot for technology, well that’s not really the case. See Billionaire Dundon can write off the $70 million he invested in the AAF — to another business unit if he so chooses — and that will lower the tax implications. Essentially he took a loss to get tech. If the tech explodes, it’s a small amount of money to get what he really wanted out of this deal.  Which is why . . .

The XFL might be in a better position

See, the XFL is owned by a very rich man in Vince McMahon. McMahon doesn’t have to answer to anyone and he also doesn’t have to go and ask for a bailout from a billionaire because he can bailout the XFL if he wants. The AAF failed because Dundon let it fail and told the executives in the AAF that he was shutting the league down since his investment gave him a controlling stake in the league. The XFL doesn’t have that issue.

The NFLPA did the right thing

If anyone actually buys that it’s the NFLPA’s fault that the league folded then they are not the person to even engage in the conversation. The AAF wasn’t going to be saved by some practice squad guys joining the league. The AAF wasn’t going to get any marketable players from the NFL. This was all risk and no reward for NFLPA. They did right by their membership and that’s their only goal.

No one likes minor league football

Maybe the AAF did perfectly fine on television ratings, but their attendance was abysmal. Running a football league is tough and expensive. The league needed to be able to provide a compelling product and it just wasn’t compelling enough. There were some very talented people who worked hard to make the AAF a reality and even they couldn’t help the league last even one season.