Mayfield looked promising as a rookie in 2018 and he now has more weapons to utilize and a coaching staff he trusts.
Nick Chubb had a great rookie season and should continue to build off of it. The mid season arrival of Kareem Hunt will protect the Browns from overusing an injury prone Chubb.
Protection & Blocking
Offensive line is the major questions mark for Cleveland although they are average, not bad.
Landry and Beckham should provide an incredible 1-2 punch but David Njoku at tight end, Antonio Callaway as a third receiver and Hunt out of the backfield make for a lot of resources for Mayfield.
Big Play Ability
Red Zone Success
Skills Analysis Notes
The Browns have plenty of skill position players in their prime and a young quarterback that looks poised to utilize it all.
Depth and talent. Improvement from Myles Garrett will make this grade an A.
Their corps is a deep group of lunch pail types.
Top heavy so health will be key but their top 4 are going to be good.
Passing Game Defense
Stopping the Run
Controlling Field Position
Stopping The Big Play
Skills Analysis Notes
Veteran safeties and a good pass rusher produce turnovers. Rookie corner backs, no matter how talented, give up big plays. I worry mostly about how well they will get off the field.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
They aren't deep at receiver and in the secondary so I worry about their special teams play. Calloway should excel as a punt returner. They appear set to start a rookie kicker which is always a gamble.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Freddie Kitchens was the least qualified head coach in NFL history until Kliff Kingsbury was hired later that month. It seems like he got the job because Mayfield likes him and he'll stay out of John Dorsey's way.
Overall Team Grade
JOn Dorsey used the draft capital that previous regime was too afraid to use and has built a nice roster. There aren't really any glaring weaknesses on the roster. The coaching staff has a lot to prove though. This team has a lot of egos.
Last season, did the team meet your expectations?
Outperformed my Expectations
There's too much talent here to fail unless there is a major injury occurrence in Cleveland and the rest of the division has more questions. I expect the Browns to make the playoffs and quickly exit stage left.