Round 2. So Who Will Help In The Passing Game?
The Cleveland Browns wide receiver position is in transition with major upgrades that needs to occur this offseason. If acquisitions are not made during the draft, then upgrades at the position almost certainly would not be made until next offseason and that cannot happen.
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There is the unknown of Josh Gordon‘s future still and Travis Benjamin left as a free agent so Cleveland needs talent — ideally multiple wide receivers. Tyler Boyd is a solid second wide receiver who has breakaway speed, with characteristics of a top wide receiver. Although he only ran a 4.58 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Combine, his in-game speed is faster and overall speed is very impressive.
Boyd would be a critical component to the passing game and he can also replace Benjamin in the return game. Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson wants taller wide receivers for the team and Boyd, at 6’1, helps with that. More size with taller players will be needed, but Boyd is a great start.
Boyd does not have the size that Gordon has, but he certainly had no issue fill a stat sheet. In two of his three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, Boyd finished with at least 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns.
He finished his career with 254 receptions, 3,361 yards, and 21 touchdowns. If Boyd can continue that success for the Cleveland Browns, then his play will do wonders for the team’s offense.
Next: Round 3. The Right Tackle Position Needs Upgraded