The Cleveland Browns have to build the best possible team for Deshaun Watson as possible in 2023, otherwise what was the point of all of this nonsense and chaos? The team may have acquired a few new receivers in the offseason, but none of them are huge difference-makers. The team’s previous history of drafting hasn’t worked out too well at the receiver position either, so making another pick at receiver is almost mandatory at this point.
Enter Puka Nacua. The 6’2, 200 lbs receiver again adds height to the position, no different than Andrei Iosivas. At BYU, he proved to be a deep threat his junior year, posting a yard-per-reception of over 18. PFF gave his 2022 receiving skills a 90.1, while NFL Draft Buzz speaks very highly of his route-running skills.
The Browns need a fast, crisp route runner with good hands, and Nacua is exactly that. He reminds me of Donovan People-Jones, if developed right, could be a fringe starter. His biggest issue is not creating separation while running his routes, and sometimes getting stuffed coming off the line of scrimmage.
The Browns need all the guys they can get catching balls and Nacua is still here in the seventh round, the team has to take a chance on him.