The Cleveland Browns front office already put together one of the best offseasons in recent memory.
It doesn’t end there as they put the cherry on top with the signing of three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
The Browns were able to snag defensive back Greg Newsome II during Day 1 of the draft.
The good news just keeps on coming as Pro Football Focus named the Browns as one of the Day 2 winners of the draft.
The front office knew they needed to continue adding on defense, so they kept the fun going in round 2.
Cleveland traded with the Carolina Panthers in order to move into the No. 52 spot.
They used that pick to select Norte Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
— NFL (@NFL) May 1, 2021
This was a steal by Cleveland since Owusu-Koramoah was viewed as the 19th-best prospect coming into the draft, according to Pro Football Focus.
“But after the first two days of the 2021 NFL Draft, they are making a legitimate push to dethrone the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for that top spot in 2021. After stealing cornerback Greg Newsome II in Round 1, they committed highway robbery by taking linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at the 52nd overall pick via trade.”
“Cleveland was one of the biggest winners of free agency, if not the biggest, and they’re near the top again through two days of the draft.”
He was one of the best linebackers in slot coverage last season, so he should be an immediate upgrade to the Browns roster.
In 2020, Owusu-Koramoah recorded 62 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks through 12 games.
It sounds like he fell due to a possible medical issue and uncertainty surrounding what his role would be at the professional level.
The Browns have a handful of capable linebackers, so they can plug in Owusu-Koramoah wherever and whenever they see fit.
Bringing The Reinforcements
The Browns night didn’t end with the selection of Owusu-Koramoah.
They also took Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz with the No. 91 overall selection.
A player who is regarded as possibly the fastest player in the entire draft class.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2021
Last season, Schwartz finished with 54 receptions, 636 yards, and three touchdowns.
He might have to fight his way up the depth chart, but Schwartz will have a role in Cleveland.
Someone with his kind of speed can be used all over the field.
A reliable option as a slot receiver and could be an elite weapon on special teams.
Browns fans should certainly be happy with what the front office did during Day 2 of the draft.