Cleveland Browns: Final 2018 player rankings start with Baker Mayfield

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26. Desmond Harrison: Given the starting gig as a rookie coming out of small school in Georgia, no one knew what to expect from the new left tackle.

He had some nice moments, but there was also a lot of bad in there, too.

Mayfield got sacked a lot less once Robinson took over for the rookie.

No reason to give up on Harrison, as he has talent, but it was probably unfair of the coaching staff to install him as the starter, replacing future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas.

27. Chris Smith: Played 318 snaps heading into the Browns’ regular-season finale against the Ravens and was fresh off tackling Joe Mixon for a memorable 6-yard loss in Cleveland’s home finale win against Cincinnati.

Pro Football Focus had Smith carrying a 60.4 grade against the run through the first 16 weeks.

The defensive tackle was signed as a free agent last March.

28. Darren Fells: Don’t forget this trivia question: The 32-year-old was the recipient of Baker Mayfield’s first touchdown pass, coming against the Raiders in Week 3.

29. Britton Colquitt: The Browns’ punter was 12th overall in the NFL, averaging 45.4 yards per punt. Unfortunately, Cleveland was 29th in net punting average (39.6 yards).

Basically, this stats confirms what those watching already know. Colquitt can boot the ball, but Cleveland’s special teams was lousy, and that’s reflective in their inability to stop opposing punt returners.

30. Derrick Kindred: Mostly seeing rotational reps, the third-year veteran had 41 combined tackles and one pass defensed entering the final week of the season.

The Browns finally have to firm starting safeties in Jabrill Peppers and Damarious Randall, so look for Kindred to play the same role next season when he’ll be in the final year of his rookie contract, earning $720,000 in base salary.