The 2021 NFL Draft has concluded and the Cleveland Browns added quite a lot of talent.
They selected eight players during the draft, which is quite a lot considering there are only seven rounds.
Some of these players are going to make an immediate impact on the Browns roster.
However, there are always a few that fall off the roster due to multiple reasons.
This draft is no different and there could be a couple of new additions to the Browns that might have a tough time sticking with the organization.
Linebacker Tony Fields II
To no one’s surprise, the Browns made improving their defense a focal point this offseason.
Unlike last offseason, the front office addressed the linebacker spot.
They signed former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Anthony Walker to a one-year deal.
He is expected to slide right into a starting role and is known for his leadership and strong locker room presence.
Matt Eberflus: "Anthony Walker is A+ character and A+ leadership. … Just a great teammate, working with others, helping other guys out. … He's also smart, can play multiple positions."
— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) October 6, 2020
That being said, Cleveland will likely have Walker work and help teach the young linebackers.
Before the offseason, the Browns already had a young linebacker core featuring Sione Takitaki, Jacob Phillips, and Mack Wilson.
They re-signed veteran linebacker Malcolm Smith to help add some veteran depth to their young core.
That’s not all, the Browns also selected Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the second round.
With the No. 52 overall pick in the 2021 @NFLDraft, the @Browns select LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah!
📺: 2021 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/Xrl6fZJWNu
— NFL (@NFL) May 1, 2021
They finished revamping their linebacker group with the addition of Tony Fields II in the fifth round.
The West Virginia product has been one of the nations’ top producers at the linebacker position.
During four college campaigns, Fields recorded 375 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and three interceptions.
He spent three years at Arizona before transferring to West Virginia for the 2020 campaign.
There is plenty to like about Fields, but it’s uncertain if he’s ready for the professional level.
He lacks size to be a true NFL linebacker and his ball skills are less than desired.
As already seen, the Browns have plenty of depth at the linebacker spot.
Fields might be able to contribute on special teams, but could be better off heading to the practice squad.
There are still areas of his game that need to be developed and it’ll be tough for him to find playing time on this current Browns roster.
Running Back Demetric Felton
The Browns got creative in the late rounds of the draft.
They decided to take a chance on UCLA running back Demetric Felton.
He spent four years at UCLA and has seemingly been getting better each season.
Felton is an explosive runner with quick feet and can easily find holes.
Browns’ Demetric Felton is listed as a RB
Here is his route running ⬇️
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
The best part about Felton is that he played both running back and wide receiver during college.
In 2020, Felton rushed for 668 yards with five touchdowns and hauled in 22 receptions for 159 yards and two scores in six games.
The season prior, Felton finished with 55 receptions for 594 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.
He is truly able to make an impact at both positions, but it might not translate well at the professional level.
Felton doesn’t have great size for a receiver in the NFL and doesn’t have good breakaway speed.
The Browns already have a two-headed monster in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
After that, Cleveland has a handful of other backs fighting for a spot on the roster.
The fact Felton can play two positions does help, but he still needs to polish his game.
He is well worth taking a chance on in the seventh round, but fans shouldn’t expect him to do much of anything for Cleveland in 2021.
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