Fourth Round (Pick #105) – WR Michael Pittman Jr. USC
"The Browns could use a third receiver, especially in the wake of Jarvis Landry’s injury. Pick change; previously Erroll Thompson, LB"
The son of Michael ‘Biceps’ Pittman, the SuperBowl winning running back of Tampa Bay fame, Pittman Jr. has a lot to live up to. While his father was no Hall of Famer, Pittman Sr. helped Mike Alstott and that Tampa Bay offense stay on the field long enough to give their defense time to rest, recover and regroup. A steady player, his son could be as good as he is, if not better.
Pittman had a good senior year for the Trojans and showed some good agility both on the field and at the combine. He’s not some combine-hero however, and that’s ok. He’s the perfect type of receiver to have in the slot. He’s praised for his physicality too, which will help out the Browns running attack in 2020. Wide receivers who don’t mind bodying people at the point of contact are always welcomed on this team.
There’s not a lot of on his route running abilities or lack thereof. That’s an area that can make or break a player. After all, the greatest wide receiver of all time wasn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest. He was simply the best route runner. So if it’s a good enough trait for Jerry Rice, it’s a good enough trait for every receiver.