Must add to the running game
I would have liked to have added a running back earlier. However, having to add someone at left tackle made that goal challenging and ultimately unrealistic. However, that does not mean there are not quality running backs available.
Rather than waiting to see who is available in the fourth round, I make the trade up into the third round to add to the position. To select in the third round, one of Cleveland’s sixth rounders,188th overall in 2018 and a 2019 fourth rounder is dealt to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their third rounder, 74th overall to select Kerryon Johnson.
Although Cleveland already has Duke Johnson, he is more of a hybrid player. Matthew Dayes is a work in progress, so someone needs to be a compliment to starter Carlos Hyde. Hyde and Johnson are going to be a great one-two punch, combined with the former Miami (FL) product put Cleveland in a great spot at running back.
The 2017 SEC Player of the Year rushed for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns on a 4.9 rush per average. Johnson is more like Hyde than anyone else on the roster. At 212 pounds, adding a little bit of weight without risking Johnson’s impact on the offense could be worth looking into as well.