Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer 10d

Myles Garrett's injuries derail first half of his rookie season

A look at how Browns rookies have fared through the first half of 2017:

Myles Garrett, DE, first round: Injuries have derailed Garrett’s season, though in the three games he played he played well, with four sacks. Garrett was sidelined by a high ankle sprain to start the season and most recently a concussion. He’s provided reason for optimism, but needs to get and stay healthy. Grade: Incomplete

Jabrill Peppers, S, first round: Peppers has found himself in unfamiliar territory, as the Browns have used Peppers some 25 yards deep. Gregg Williams feels that makes best use of Peppers’ skills, but in college he played near the line and before missing the last two games he was more active near the line of scrimmage. For whatever reason, Peppers has not made a large impact to date. Grade: Average.

David Njoku, TE, first round: Njoku has issues with drops, but is a big target in and near the end zone, as his three touchdowns have shown. There also were at least three other occasions when better passes would have resulted in more touchdowns. Njoku needs to improve his overall route running and blocking, but he does show promise for the future. Grade: Above average.

Deshone Kizer, QB, second round: Kizer earned the starting job, but his tendency to throw interceptions has resulted in him being benched for one game and yanked from two others. Hue Jackson calls interceptions non-negotiable and Kizer’s have been excessive, which calls into question whether the pre-draft knocks on him for lack of accuracy (52.1 percent for the season) are, well, accurate. Grade: Below average.

Larry Ogunjobi, DT, third round: Ogunjobi has played better lately, but he’s not starting and he hasn't made a great deal of impact plays. There is plenty of room for him to grow. Grade: Below average.

Howard Wilson, CB, fourth round: Wilson has yet to play after injuring his knee in an offseason minicamp. His injury did lead to the Browns signing free agent Jason McCourty, but Wilson has yet to contribute. Grade: Bring on 2018.

Roderick Johnson, OT, fifth round: Johnson will spend the season on injured reserve after hurting his knee in preseason. Grade: Bring on 2018.

Caleb Brantley, DT, sixth round: Occasional glimpses of ability have combined with games when he’s been inactive. Brantley may grow to be an NFL starter, but he’ll need more time. Grade: Below average.

Zane Gonzalez, PK, seventh round: His selection shows how fickle it is to draft a kicker. Cody Parkey had a good season in 2016, but lost his job (predictably) to a drafted player. Gonzalez had a stretch when he missed three kicks in a row, and in London he missed an extra point and a field goal. None of that is good. Grade: Below average.

Matthew Dayes, RB, seventh round: Dayes had a good training camp, but in games he’s looked like a seventh-round pick. His playing time is also limited by the fact the Browns feel like Isaiah Crowell will come around to last season’s form. Dayes’ highlight was a 71-yard kickoff return against the Vikings in London. Grade: Below average.

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