Friday, May 17, 2024

Cleveland Browns 2024 NFL power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Cleveland Browns in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Most improved: Wide receiver

It has been a rather quiet offseason for the Browns, who have mainly re-signed their own and made small outside additions. However, the team's biggest move has been its trade for wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. The 2020 first-round pick has yet to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season but gives Cleveland additional playmaking in the passing game alongside wide receiver Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku. Jeudy averaged a career-high 6 yards after catch per reception last season, a figure that ranked ninth in the league among 77 wide receivers with at least 50 targets. -- Daniel Oyefusi -- Rank: 12

For where they were picking, the Browns did OK for themselves, especially with the top three selections of DT Michael Hall Jr., G Zak Zinter and WR Jamari Thrash. They attacked some of their bigger needs, mostly aimed at getting younger, and did a solid job throughout. Even CB Myles Harden, scooped up in the seventh round, got me a little excited. And their approach was slightly out of character, with GM Andrew Berry not pulling off a single trade and the Browns selecting a few older prospects. But all of that is window dressing for the major storyline this year: Can Deshaun Watson prove his worth? Nick Chubb's status is still a question mark as he recovers from last year's major knee injury, but the offensive line should mostly be back healthy. There are five (or more) quality pass-catching options. The defense, we know, is top-notch. So all eyes turn to No. 4. He's potentially the difference between a good season and a great one.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They will get Deshaun Watson back healthy this year, which puts all the pressure on him to get this team to the playoffs again. Hey, Joe Flacco did it.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Rookie DT Michael Hall Jr. is the first player this team has selected in the first two rounds over the past three drafts. Their Deshaun Watson draft debt paid in full, the Browns are scheduled to return to Round 1 in 2025. But do they have enough, aside from the return of Watson and RB Nick Chubb, to go further in the interim?

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

It's tough to add much help when your first pick is at No. 54, but Cleveland was still paying bills from the Deshaun Watson trade. The good news is that trade is now officially complete, and the Browns will have a first-round draft pick in 2025 for the first time since 2021. Unless, of course, they make another deal.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 10

Theoretically, the Browns have a loaded roster and are getting their starting QB back from injury. Now, Deshaun Watson just needs to actually play like the guy they traded the farm to get. If he does, Cleveland is a contender. If he doesn't, yikes.

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