The Browns have positions with a lot still to prove.
The Browns have done a good job replacing players from last year’s defense, and adding a few guys who have the potential to be a better fit for the team. The Browns as a whole were bad defensively. They didn’t wrap, they didn’t cover, they didn’t get pressure (besides Myles Garrett), and were largely a non-factor.
Think of a defensive duty and the Browns failed at it. It’s no surprise whatsoever that the Browns will have at least six but maybe more, new starters on defense. That’s a huge overhaul for the team, and it’ll be a team that is largely made up of a nice combination of veteran talent and rookie prospects.
The problem that exists, as with every team, every year, is that you don’t know what you have in that player until the hitting begins. For instance, Jadeveon Clowney is coming off of an injury-plagued year, will he still be the same force he once was? The Browns clearly aren’t sure, hence the one-year deal.
Then you have a few rookies with lingering issues; will that factor into their development? Will they even be any good? No one has that answer. Every year a majority of the rookies don’t start and most are out of the NFL before their first contract is up. It’s an inexact science.
So we live by a model of “you don’t know until you know” over here.
It should be noted that one group is from the offensive side of the ball, and they’re on the list due to failed expectations.