This has been a busy offseason for the Cleveland Browns who have made major improvements to their roster.
The Browns were able to draft key players in the draft that can hopefully impact their team right away.
However, after the draft concluded, Cleveland decided to bring in 15 undrafted players.
Many of those players will have an uphill battle to make the roster, but some might be able to help Cleveland.
One player that might be able to help the Browns is Colorado wide receiver Tony Brown.
Who is Tony Brown?
Brown started his college career at Texas Tech, where he hoped to put himself on the NFL radar.
He hauled in 14 receptions, 250 receiving yards, and one touchdown as a reserve player during his freshmen season.
His production dropped his sophomore year, so Brown decided to transfer to Colorado after the season.
Brown was redshirted in 2017, but worked his way into the starting lineup the following year.
He finished with 32 receptions, 333 yards, and one touchdown during his first season as a starter at Colorado.
During his senior year, Brown tied for the team lead with 56 receptions, while recording 707 yards and five touchdowns along the way.
Brown earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors for his performance in 2019.
Tony Brown with the sweet #toetapTD to help lead the Buffs all the way back for a huge win!
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 11, 2019
He didn’t start until his final two years in college, but Brown played well during those two seasons.
Brown is an above-average route runner with an outstanding ability to go up and catch 50-50 balls.
There’s plenty to like about his game, but he’s far from a complete player right now.
Why Didn’t Brown Get Drafted?
Plenty of talented players get passed up during the draft every season.
Some of those players come back and have successful NFL careers, while others fizzle out.
Brown had decent career numbers in college, but there is more to football than stats.
He is an outside receiver who lacks speed, which is going to cost him significantly at the professional level.
Brown ran an unimpressive 4.65 forty-yard dash time, so he’s not quite as fast as many other receivers.
He struggles to create separation, which often times leads to contested situations.
It appears Brown has limited athleticism, but Cleveland believes that he has enough upside to warrant giving him an invite to camp.
Can Brown Make the 53-Man Roster?
Brown runs routes well, catches contested balls, and has a unique toughness to his game.
However, his lack of speed and little experience on special teams could end up hurting him.
He is a smart, competitive receiver, so there is some upside to his game.
Next Level Buff 🚀
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— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) April 22, 2020
Cleveland has plenty of receivers coming into camp, but many of them have little experience in the league.
Brown will likely start at the bottom of the depth chart, but could quickly move up.
He doesn’t have a high ceiling, but Brown has a better chance at making the roster compared to most undrafted players.
It’s unlikely that Brown ever becomes a starter in the NFL, but he might be able to make the roster.
He should be given a fair shot in camp, but he needs to impress the coaching staff quickly if he wants to stick on the roster in 2020.
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