Mayfield proved his rookie season that he can play in the NFL. His offensive weapons have drastically improved, which will only help his play.
Nick Chubb had a great rookie season. After his suspension, they also get one of the most explosive and elusive backs in the NFL in Kareem Hunt.
Protection & Blocking
One of the best receiving groups in the NFL with Odell and Jarvis Landry. That combination, along with tight end David Njoku, should make Cleveland a very fun and exciting place to watch football this year.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
They have all the offensive skill that a team could ask for. They have both speed and power with both their running backs and receiving core.
They added Olivier Vernon to play alongside Myles Garrett.
A very underrated secondary that added potentially the best CB in the draft, Greedy Williams, with their second round pick.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Skills Analysis Notes
Their defense ranked in the bottom half for PPG allowed, but they have improved drastically. They added an edge rusher to go along with Myles Garrett. They also improved their secondary by drafting Greedy Williams in the second round, who at one point, was projected to be a top 5 pick.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
The Browns had a lot of problems with their kickers last season. All they can do is hope they found the right guy this time around.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
With a new head coach, there is always concern as to how well the team will gel. I thought they should have kept Gregg Williams as their head coach.
Overall Team Grade
On paper, the Browns look like one of the best teams in the NFL. Only time will tell whether that statement is correct or not.
Last season, did the team meet your expectations?
Outperformed my Expectations
With the moves they made this offseason, Cleveland looks poised to finally end their playoff drought. It may take some time for the team to get acclimated with one another and for the coaching staff and players to fully learn the playbook. I think the biggest thing that can hold them back this year is themselves. Rookie head coaches rarely see much success. It's going to be tough for Freddie Kitchens to keep all the big egos in check all year. I think they will eventually figure it out and win the AFC North, which suddenly seems less competitive than most years.