As the Cleveland Browns await the NFL Draft, these players/position groups could be considered losers of the free agency period.
The Cleveland Browns boasted several winners in free agency, but there were also some losers. As you’ll read, though, the pendulum could swing back the other way for some of these players, as the draft plays out April 23-25.
1. David Njoku
The reasoning is based in data, because Kevin Stefanski will serve up plenty of two-tight end formations, however, now that the Hooper news has settled in, doesn’t it seem likely Njoku plays elsewhere, whether it be via trade or free agency.
If the Browns pick up Njoku’s fifth year option, it would be an indication that they’d like to keep the former first-round pick the next three to four seasons, but would the analytically oriented front office be willing to invest that much in the tight end position?
The Browns will tip their hand regarding Njoku’s future May 2, that’s when they have to make a decision to offer that fifth-year extension.
As it stands now, though, Hooper is TE1. He’s still only 25 and has his past statistics should that he’s the more dependable player. That said, Njoku still oozes potential. Unfortunately, after three seasons, everyone’s still waiting for him to tap into it.