Browns offseason: Cleveland’s three most questionable moves of 2023
A look back at some of Cleveland’s questionable moves of the 2023 offseason
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Now that this year’s competition is in full swing for the Cleveland Browns, it’s time to look back at what Andrew Berry and the rest of this front office will do in 2023.
Similar Although some of the best moves have happened in Cleveland this season , the same can be said for questionable moves.
Heading into the 2023 season, the Browns were sorely lacking in some areas when it came to depth at the position. There is no doubt that the team was great during the season, but during that time there was little to no movement and it was back and forth.
Unsigned LB Reggie Ragland
Reggie Ragland was signed in Week 13 of the 2022 campaign and was one of the team’s best linebackers over the last four games of the season. Yes, this is a surprise, but it’s worth bringing him back for last year’s lineup depth.
Can be re-signed at a lower salary for one year to deepen the MIKE linebacker position and be useful as a “headhunter” on special teams in 2023. Draft DT Siaki Ika instead of
Defense as Mekhi Blackmon at the pick. 98 in the 2023 NFL Draft
You could say it’s not fair since Ika only played in a few games this year, but the team selected him with the 98th pick. There was Mekhi Blackmon, who is highly regarded by many draft analysts and believed to be a good fit for Cleveland.
It’s no secret that Jim Schwartz likes to use big nickel pickups, so it makes sense to get someone who can be a productive player at the position.
Blackmon was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 102nd pick and played well on and off the field for the Vikings, earning a 71 PFF7 grade. This is one of the highest rated rookie defensive backs in 2023.
WR Austin Watkins Jr. did not make the first list of 53 people.
Austin Watkins is popular in pre-2023 games for his above average performances and crazy “circus”. catch Despite wanting to throw Deshaun Watson the ball, it’s surprising the team decided to leave him off the 53-man roster for Week 1. He showed enough talent during training camp and the preseason to earn a spot on the active roster from day one.
With that in mind, there’s a good chance he can spark the passing game during the regular season. Opportunity to contribute from the beginning. Cleveland suffered some injuries at the wide receiver position late in the season.