11. J.C. Tretter: Showed toughness late in the season when clearly bothered by an ankle injury. That’s the kind of thing you want on your young football team and it’s what sets the tone.
A lot of Browns’ fans and media alike like to talk about changing the culture in Berea, well, Tretter’s actions when facing adversity shouldn’t be overlooked.
12. David Njoku: The 2017 first-round pick did a lot to squash the eye rolls that usually came after dropped passes. Sure he wasn’t perfect, but he was much better in just his second season.
At just the age of 22, Njoku finished eighth in the NFL among tight ends in receiving yards, with 639. That was also good enough for second on the Browns in receiving yards.
Njoku wasn’t just a good target, he made plays after the catch, looking darn near impossible to bring down sometimes in the open field.
13. Antonio Callaway: If the Browns are going to be good, they’re going to need to get lucky a few times, and Callaway is a great place to start.
The wideout was mostly written off following a wasted year at Florida in 2017 that saw him suspended for the entire campaign after getting involved into trouble with the law.
But except for that notorious marijuana incident during Training Camp, which was featured on “Hard Knocks,” Callaway was a solid citizen.
Callaway finished his season with a four-catch, 79-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens.
On the year, the rookie had 43 catches for 586 yards and five scores.
Most importantly, he played better as the season wore on, and wasn’t an early flash and the pan that stops his development after one or two early good games.
The Browns’ receiving corps was the best as its been and a while, and Callaway helped play a part.
14. Breshad Perriman: Lucky once with Callaway, yes. Lucky again with Perriman? Please and thank you.
The former first-round pick, cast off by the Ravens, finally looked the part after arriving in Cleveland.
He proved to be a deep threat Mayfield would target consistently, especially in the last month of the season.
It’s now on the Browns to bring him back in 2019.
15. T.J. Carrie: Graded out as PFF’s 57th rated corner, but his grade indicates he played above average. Not bad considering he was on the depth chart behind Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell to start the season.
Had two forced fumbles and an interception while contributing to the Browns’ defensive takeaway machine.