The 2018 Cleveland Browns roster saw an influx of proven talent added over the course of a few hours with three separate trades. Nothing can be official until the NFL new season begins at the advent of free agency next week, but these are the reports. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins was acquired for a fourth-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019, quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills acquired for the No. 65 pick in the 2018 draft, and cornerback Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers was acquired for quarterback DeShone Kizer (teams will also swap picks in the fourth and fifth round).
The #Browns quickly emerged as the favorite for WR Jarvis Landry. Now they trade for him in exchange for a pick in 2018 and a pick in 2019. Huge move.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2018
Will Jarvis Landry help the Browns?
Well, in 2017, Landry had 112 receptions on 161 targets for 987 yards and nine touchdowns. The top five receivers on the 2017 Browns had 113 receptions on 249 targets for 1542 yards and seven touchdowns. So, yeah, Landry should help a bit.1
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2018
Will Tyrod Taylor help the Browns?
Well, over the last three seasons, Taylor has a 92.5 quarterback rating with the Bills. He also had 8857 yards, 51 touchdowns, and only 16 interceptions (7.2 YPA, 201yd/gm). Taylor adds on 1575 rushing yards and 14 more touchdowns on the ground too.
The last Cleveland Browns QB with a QBrating above 92.5? Bernie Kosar… in 1987.
Browns traded QB Deshone Kizer to Packers for CB Damarious Randall, per source. In addition; the teams’ swapped picks in the 4th and 5th round.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2018
Will Damarious Randall help the Browns?
The 2015 first-round pick out of Arizona State has loads of talent, but injuries and inconsistency have held him back in his three seasons with the Packers. There is a chance the Browns move him to safety, which he played a bit for the Sun Devils. Adding a 25 year old defensive back though should be a positive. Randall is by far the riskiest of the players acquired, and he marks a quick end to Kizer’s tenure with the Browns.
WFNY’s Joe Gilbert had Randall as the fourth rated safety in that draft class as he notes here.
4. Damarious Randall, Arizona State
Arizona State’s Damarious Randall is one of the most athletic safeties in the 2015 NFL Draft. In his senior season last year, he had 106 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, one sack, thee interceptions, 12 passes defended, two forced fumbles, and a touchdown. Amongst all the safeties at the NFL Combine, he had the third fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.46 seconds, the third highest vertical jump at 38 inches, and the third fastest three cone drill at 6.83 seconds.
Randall is a tough, athletic player who puts all his effort out onto the field. He is a quick twitch player who can break on a ball very quickly. He can read a quarterback’s eyes and break on a pass quickly (As you can see below). For a smaller player, he is a tough player who can make the big hit on the opponent. His toughness allows him to stick his head in the run defense. As CBS Sports’s Dan Brugler says, “(Randall) plays bigger than he looks and initiates the action, seeking out contact with a violent mentality to strike through his target.” His toughness and energy is a good example for his teammates to follow.
Randall is small for a safety at 5-feet-11, 196-pounds, so he could struggle tackling at the next level. He is also very raw with his technique, which can lead to him getting beat in coverage for big plays. He is a player who will need to sit and learn for a year or so before being a major contributor on defense as a free safety. For his rookie season, he should at least be a big player on special teams because of his effort and athleticism.
The Cleveland Browns got better through these trades. They still have a long way to go to even become a true competitive team after a zero-win campaign, but not touching any of the first five draft picks and receiving a valid starting quarterback and multiple Pro Bowl receiver is a good start. It is also possible that the aggressiveness will help in attracting free agents when that shopping season begins. We’ll see.
- Louis 27rec(61 tgt) 357yd 0 TD
Higgins 27rec (50 tgt) 312yd 2 TD
Coleman 23rec (58 tgt) 305yd 2 TD
Gordon 18rec (42 tgt) 335yd 1 TD
Britt 18rec (38 tgt) 233yd 2 TD [↩]