The Browns may see several rookies make huge impacts on this year’s team.
The Browns have a nice crop of potential playmakers but they need to turn that potential into action this year. With training camp about to start around the NFL, we selected three players who could make a big impact on the team. For clarity, the team has a lof guys people are high on and any number of them could be on this list.
We decided to focus more on guys with impressive individual traits like speed or strength, as well as positional depth and versatility. So if a guy you thought should be on this list that isn’t, it’s not because we don’t think they can break out, it’s just these are the three we think could have the biggest impact due to their natural skills and talent around them.
So with that, let’s look at three names that could impact the Browns.
3 rookies who make a big impact on the Browns
We wrote about guys who could play both ways a few days ago and while Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah wasn’t one of the guys who thought could pull that off, he is someone that could play multiple positions on defense. A linebacker by trait, he’s shown to be able to play safety as well, and will likely play the fifth defensive back spot a lot, to allow some size to be on the field. Not only that, but with his size, speed and strength, it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine him lining up as a defensive end in third and very long situations. That is if Joe Woods likes what Owusu-Koramoah can do in what limited blitzing he’ll be involved in.
He’s a guy who has a lot of hype around him, maybe unfairly but with his sub 4.4 speed, how can he not generate hype? Anthony Schwartz is coming into a stable offense that may need help at receiver at some point in the season and if Schwartz is prepared, his number may be called to help out. His speed makes him a weapon regardless of any other injuries on the team and may make an immediate impact on special teams.
The Browns are not great at defensive tackle. While the expected starters are not on par with Sheldon Richardson or Larry Ogunjobi, the decline in talent from the starting two to the rest of the guys is a much more shallow dropoff. Last year, the guys backing up the starters were a huge drop in talent but this year, the reserves seem to be more capable and are more on par with this year’s starters than last. So while they don’t have the same top-end talent, guys like Tommy Togiai are much closer to being starters than not. If he gets a shot, he may just prove some people wrong. With Togiai’s strength, he’s got a leg up on many players in the NFL. If that power can go alongside some technique then the team may have a new star.