Obviously, the 2021 season didn’t turn out the way the Cleveland Browns wanted.
However, there were positives for the Browns throughout the season.
They had players step up and make significant contributions.
In fact, the Browns had five players selected to the 2021 Pro Bowl.
It’s outstanding to see so many of the talented players on this roster getting recognized.
Hopefully, some new faces on the Browns roster can join in the Pro Bowl next season.
Greg Newsome II
Last offseason, the Browns front office knew they needed to upgrade in the secondary.
They did exactly that when they selected Northwestern defensive back Greg Newsome II in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
It was honestly quite surprising that Newsome fell all the way to No. 26 for the Browns to select him.
He’s a player with solid technique, strong footwork, and the ability to be a top tier defensive back in the NFL.
The feet. The eyes. The hips. The confidence. The speed. The technique. Greg Newsome showing what made him such a fun prospect to scout at Northwestern#Browns
— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) November 29, 2021
The Browns made an intelligent decision by drafting Newsome in the first round.
During his rookie campaign, Newsome finished with 37 tackles and nine passes defended in 12 games.
Those numbers might not jump off the page, but it’s a strong start to his professional career.
There is a ton of upside with Newsome as he appears to be an extremely talented player.
Fans shouldn’t be shocked if they see Newsome earning his first Pro Bowl appearance next season.
Somehow, Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah fell to the Browns in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Browns are certainly happy he did and they might’ve ended up with one of the biggest steals in the entire draft class.
The rookie linebacker put on a show during the 2021 campaign.
He immediately made an impact with Cleveland and was a force to be reckoned with on defense.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: 81.1 overall
Highest-graded rookie defender 🚀pic.twitter.com/48AmYwoQyB
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) November 2, 2021
It appears the Browns have a reliable starting linebacker for years to come in Owusu-Koramoah.
Through 14 games, he finished with 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and four passes defended in his rookie campaign.
The assumption is that Owusu-Koramoah is only going to get better as his career goes on.
There could be multiple Pro Bowl appearances in his future, assuming this type of play continues.
Unlike the other two players on this list, safety Grant Delpit didn’t start off his career with a bang.
In fact, he tore his Achilles in training camp after being drafted in the second round in 2020.
This injury forced Delpit to miss the entire 2020 campaign.
However, he worked hard and got himself back on the field for the 2021 season.
His hard work and dedication were noticed by both the league and his teammates.
Delpit earned the Ed Block Courage Award for coming back from his Achilles injury.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 8, 2021
Finally, the Browns were able to see what Delpit would bring to the field in 2021.
He recorded 66 tackles, one sack, three passes defended, and one interception in 15 games.
It’s fantastic to see that Delpit can still play at a high level despite suffering such a significant injury.
That being said, the future is bright for the young safety in Cleveland.
He could very well become a full-time player soon and earn himself a few trips to the Pro Bowl during his career.