Cleveland Browns: Final 2018 player rankings start with Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
3 of 11
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns Jarvis Landry (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /


6. Jarvis Landry: The first-year Brown set the tone on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” when he gave a speech about the importance of practicing through minor bumps and bruises.

Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Browns receiving corps looked as professional as it ever has since the days of Webster Slaughter, Brian Brennan and Reggie Langhorne.

7. Joe Schobert: The Wisconsin product isn’t just a guy who tallies tackles. He’s the quarterback of the Browns’ defense and his importance was magnified when he was out with injury from Weeks 7-9.

When he returned, the defense got back on track and instantly looked more organized.

8. Kevin Zeitler: Entering Week 17, only five lineman throughout the NFL had allowed two or fewer pressures. Zeitler was one and two others were teammates Bitonio and J.C. Tretter.

Much was made about the Browns’ hefty financial commitment to Zeitler during the winter of 2017.

But at 28, it’s looking like a great deal because a key protector will be around for the foreseeable future to protect Baker Mayfield. Zeitler is under contract through 2021.

9. Larry Ogunjobi: Analytics gave us two of the worst seasons in Browns’ history, but if you’re looking for any positivity, it also gave the Dawg Pound a player like Ogunjobi, a third-round pick out of unheralded UNC Charlotte in 2017.

With Ogunjobi in the mix, the Browns just don’t have two stellar pass rushers on the edge, they’ve also got a force in the middle.

He’s tough and can rush the passer from the interior. A player who will hopefully be around for a long time.

10. Damarious Randall: The Browns looked pretty smart moving Randall from corner to safety, the position he played in college.

Randall came form Green Bay in a trade that involved 2017 starting quarterback DeShone Kizer.

With Randall in the fold, the Browns finally have a starting free safety who also adds a little edge to the defense.