Cleveland Browns: Ranking top 40 players in 2020, early edition

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Players 21-25

21. Grant Delpit-He’s billed as a ballhawking safety, but like Williams, the rap on him is that he doesn’t tackle. That better not be the case. (See my aforementioned note about Jospeph at wrong safety, changing the culture). Otherwise, Delpit is set up to be the Browns safety since Eric Turner during the early 1990s.

22. B.J. Goodson-He’s a veteran and not a big name, but this free agent signee gives the linebacking corps a serious insurance policy.

23. Kevin Johnson-He’s a former first-round pick who played well last season with the Bills. You should see a lot of Johnson, especially against pass-heavy teams who deploy three receiver sets. Johnson figures to cover the slot, but can also play over the top. The Browns signed him to a one-year deal. I thought it was smart, as ideally, one of their rookies grows into the role by the time the 2021 season starts.

24. Rashard Higgins-Hollywood returns to Cleveland, but what role will he have in an offense that will supposedly lean heavily on a multiple tight ends and a fullback? He’s great insurance should an injury bug bite one of the Browns stars, though.

25. Wyatt Teller-One of John Dorsey’s last trades seemed to solidify the right guard position during the final month of the season. He’s young and still has plenty of upside, yet everyone seems in a hurry to replace him, even though he hasn’t reached his ceiling.