Why Browns general manager Andrew Berry isn’t letting go of the throttle after the 2023 NFL Draft

BEREA, Ohio — Browns general manager Andrew Berry drafted seven players in the 2023 draft before trading his seventh-round pick to the Ravens for a sixth-round pick in 2024, but he’s not resting on his laurels .

“While we may be able to catch our breath after the night is over and we’ve signed a number of undrafted free agents, it’s really fair that we still have some work to do on the roster. We We’ll explore every opportunity, trade, veteran market to continue adding depth and competition to all spots It’s a good point in the offseason and we’re really excited about the guys we’ve added over the three last days.

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The Browns have drafted a large section of players, from a possible future starting wide receiver in Cedric Tillman to a gigantic possible starting offensive tackle in former Buckeye Dawand Jones, but a general manager’s job is never done. . The Browns could still use a running back, safety, alternate edge carrier, and more. They also have a surplus in several positions and could try to trade players with someone.

“I would say there’s a need everywhere,” Berry said. “We’re just trying to add talent and competition.”

Here are our views on some of Berry’s other highlights:

1. He put everyone out of their misery in the seventh round

Berry traded the No. 229 pick to the Ravens for a 2024 sixth-round pick — making them the 2024 sixth-round pick they shipped to Atlanta for Deion Jones last year.

“I’ll be honest, we talked about it in the draft room throughout the second half of the day,” Berry said. “It’s like ‘man, are we really not going to do a trade?’ We got close to a number, but it just didn’t materialize. Luckily, the one with Baltimore really came out of nowhere. Eric (DeCosta) made a quick phone call. In fact, we were both of them joking on the phone as we called him, he said, “I keep getting beat up here, because we didn’t make any trades. My phone didn’t ring. It was mutually beneficial, I guess you could say.

They got closer just before Siaki Ika’s pick at 98, but nothing happened until the end of day three. The truth is, Berry doesn’t like making seventh-round picks and jumped at the chance to retire.

2. The Browns have high hopes for former Buckeye Dawand Jones

Jones, the 6-foot-8, 374-pound tackle from Ohio State, has a chance to come in and start for the Browns at one of the tackle spots over the next few years. You can hear in their voices how excited they are about her.

“We think he’s a talented young man,” Berry said. “A work in progress, like a lot of guys coming into the league. It’s hard to find someone who has this rare size and also movement abilities. He was very productive at Ohio State and we think we have the best offensive line coach (Bill Callahan). We know we have the best offensive line coach in the NFL. We can’t want to give him the building and allow Bill and Scott (Peters) to get their hands on him, because we think he’s a piece of clay that we can really develop here.

He used several superlatives to describe Jones’ height.

“He actually reminded me of when we were in Philadelphia, like Jordan Mailata, because it’s really like a modern-day Goliath,” Berry said. “You just don’t see humans that big. But there aren’t many people on earth who are his size. Even in the NFL, he’s a giant among giants.

He added: “He’s not only big, he’s a big human orc. I just don’t think you really see people with that size and movement ability.

He again declined to answer if he would accept Jedrick Wills Jr.’s fifth-year option by Tuesday, but noted “We’re happy with Jed.”

3. On Northwestern CB Cameron Mitchell

Greg Newsome II didn’t get the receiver he wanted in Michigan State’s Jayden Reed, but he did get one of his longtime close friends from the Chicago and Northwest area in Mitchell , the Browns’ fifth-round pick.

“We liked his ability to play the cover for the press men,” Berry said. “We think he’s very physical, very competitive. We also liked his versatility to play inside and outside. We have a number of guys in our corner group that we train in that regard, because it just gives us more flexibility in our subsets and we think Cam fills that role as well.The other thing I should mention about Cam is that we liked its appeal in the kicking game and in the special teams as well.

4. Missouri edges out Isaiah McGuire in the fourth round is a good start, but….

The Browns need to keep adding more competition on board to find a few who can disrupt the passer and get sacks. But McGuire, their fourth-round pick from Missouri, provides good competition for Alex Wright at No. 3.

“Isaiah, I would say it’s two things (that I love),” he said. “His natural power, both in the running game and the passing game. Also, I think he has what I would call “slippery” as a rusher. Those two things combined, we thought he allowed him to be very productive and the other thing was his size and strength. We think there is probably an urgent call from the inside out.

As for the competition, he acknowledged that it’s tough to make the transition as a rookie, but he’ll let it be played out on grass.

5. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has the traits they love

Berry insists the Browns don’t look for the same style in all their QBs, but Thompson-Robinson has a crossover with Watson.

“Dorian, we love his ability to play,” Berry said. “He’s got a strong arm, he’s really dangerous off the schedule, he’s had a lot of starts at UCLA and the other thing that stands out is he’s very, very tough and very, very competitive. At the level styling, I think that’s a bit of a stretch. We would, for the most part, just be looking for good quarterbacks or a good backup quarterback. The styling component is a plus, but we don’t really buy into the style. idea that your backup should have the same style as your starter.

As for Thompson-Robinson saying he hopes Watson can learn a few things from him as well, Berry noted that most QBs are very confident in their abilities.

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