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Breaking down the Browns' roster position by position after the 2020 NFL Draft

The draft is over, and suddenly the Browns' roster looks a whole lot better than it did just a few days ago.

That's the feeling everywhere in the NFL today, and it's for good reason. The 256 players selected over the weekend will make an impact through a variety of ways in 2020. While they shouldn't be seen as the saviors to their respective franchises, they're important pieces of the puzzle, nonetheless.

The Browns' roster will grow even more in the near future with the addition of undrafted free agents. For now, we're breaking down what the team looks like with the bulk of free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror.


Returning: Baker Mayfield, Garrett Gilbert
Added in free agency: Case Keenum
Draft: N/A

Analysis: The Browns added one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL in Keenum, who was an every-game starter in 2017 and 2018 and started half of the games for Washington in 2019. This was one of many offseason moves designed to create better surroundings for Mayfield, who enters his third year as the starter.


Returning: Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Dontrell Hilliard, D'Ernest Johnson
Added in free agency: N/A
Draft: N/A

Analysis: It doesn't get more stable than this. The Browns placed a second-round tender on Hunt, who will look to build off what he and Chubb accomplished during the second half of 2019.


Returning: N/A
Added in free agency: Johnny Stanton, Andy Janovich
Draft: N/A

Analysis: This is essentially a new position group for the Browns after not utilizing one in 2019. Stanton has a history with Kevin Stefanski and Janovich, who was acquired in a trade with the Broncos, has been a regular at fullback for the past few years.


Returning: Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Damion Ratley, Taywan Taylor, KhaDarel Hodge, D.J. Montgomery, J'Mon Moore
Added in free agency: JoJo Natson
Draft: Donovan Peoples-Jones (6th round)

Analysis: Cleveland boasts one of the best wide receiving duos in the league with Landry and Beckham, but it's wide open behind them. Ratley and Hodge flashed, at times, throughout last season while Natson should add a jolt to Cleveland's special teams. An opportunity exists for Peoples-Jones to find the field, but he'll have plenty of competition.


Returning: David Njoku, Stephen Carlson, Pharaoh Brown
Added in free agency: Austin Hooper
Draft: Harrison Bryant (4th round)

Analysis: Kevin Stefanski loves to utilize his tight ends, and he'll have plenty at his disposal whenever the Browns open up camp. Cleveland's expecting a bounceback season from Njoku, who will be paired with the two-time Pro Bowler Hooper and Bryant, who led all college tight ends in receiving last year.


Returning: Chris Hubbard, Kendall Lamm
Added in free agency: Jack Conklin
Draft: Jedrick Wills Jr. (1st round)

Analysis: The Browns are poised to have new starters at both of their tackle positions after making major investments in Conklin and Wills.


Returning: JC Tretter, Willie Wright
Added in free agency: Evan Brown
Draft: Nick Harris (5th round)

Analysis: The Browns extended Tretter before the end of the 2019 season, rewarding the veteran and stabilizing the position for years to come. Harris has some versatility to play guard but he'll get his start as an option behind Tretter.


Returning: Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, Wyatt Teller, Drew Forbes, Malcolm Pridgeon, Colby Gossett
Added in free agency: N/A
Draft: N/A

Analysis: The Browns likely will have a competition at right guard when training camp opens. Teller played the majority of snaps during the second half of the season, and Forbes showed promise before suffering an injury late in the preseason of his rookie year.


Returning: Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Chad Thomas, Porter Gustin, Robert McCray, Trevon Young
Added in free agency: Adrian Clayborn
Draft: N/A

Analysis: After a nightmare finish to the season that left Cleveland decimated at the position, the Browns are bringing back their two Pro Bowl ends and complementing them with the veteran Clayborn, who has thrived as a situational pass rusher.


Returning: Larry Ogunjobi, Sheldon Richardson, Eli Ankou, Brandin Bryant, Daniel Ekuale, Justin Zimmer
Added in free agency: Andrew Billings
Draft: Jordan Elliott (3rd round)

Analysis: The Browns return their starters from last year and now have more options to help them with Billings, who has been a quality run-stuffer, and Elliott, who was one of the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in college football last season.


Returning: Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki, Tae Davis, Willie Harvey, Montrel Meander, Jermaine Grace
Added in free agency: B.J. Goodson
Draft: Jacob Phillips (3rd round)

Analysis: Goodson is the elder statesman in one of the team's youngest position groups. Wilson is a returning starter while Takitaki, a third-round pick in 2019, likely will have much more on his plate this year.


Returning: Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Terrance Mitchell, Robert Jackson, Donnie Lewis Jr., Tavierre Thomas
Added in free agency: Kevin Johnson, Donovan Olumba
Draft: N/A

Analysis: Johnson gives the Browns a new option in the slot to play alongside Ward and Williams, who started every game in which they were healthy last season. This marked the first time since 2008 the Browns did not draft at least one cornerback.


Returning: Sheldrick Redwine, J.T. Hassell
Added in free agency: Karl Joseph, Andrew Sendejo
Draft: Grant Delpit

Analysis: No position group underwent more change during the offseason. Joseph and Sendejo have been regular starters for years, and Delpit will have a chance to make immediate contributions.


Returning: K Austin Seibert, P Jamie Gillan, LS Charley Hughlett
Added in free agency: N/A
Draft: N/A

Analysis: The Browns went young at kicker and punter last year, liked what they saw and believe their best football is ahead of them.

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