Round 2, No. 46 overall: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
My take: The good news is the Browns have acquired a top-end playmaker who is as good in man coverage as any cornerback in this draft. He'll pair with Denzel Ward to give the Browns a really strong set of outside cover men. The downside: Williams isn't known for his tackling, and the Browns need help in that area. They allowed at least five yards after the catch on 166 receptions last season, the third-most in the NFL.
Round 3, No. 80 overall: Sione Takitaki, OLB, BYU
My take: Takitaki's tacking skills will help a team that allowed 2.0 yards after contact per rush play last season, fourth-worst in the league. But his long list of off-field incidents, which led to four separate suspensions, is eye-opening -- even for a general manager like John Dorsey who isn't afraid to take character risks. Among Takitaki's issues were fighting and alleged theft. He was named a team captain in 2018, however. If he has in fact turned a personal corner, Takitaki will give the Browns immediate help on special teams and probably at linebacker as well.
Round 4, No. 119 overall: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
My take: Redwine played cornerback and safety at Miami but projects as a safety and special-teamer for the Browns. Drafting Redwine and cornerback Greedy Williams among their top three picks makes clear that the Browns considered the secondary one of their top priorities. Redwine is a pretty decent tackler who runs well, having hit 4.44 on his 40-yard dash at the combine, sixth-best among all safeties. He has also acknowledged in interviews that he gets a common greeting when people meet him: Poor renditions of the UB40 hit "Red Red Wine."
Round 5, No. 155 overall: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
My take: Wilson is a talented inside linebacker who comes from a long line of successful players at that position in coach Nick Saban's scheme. Saban tried to persuade Wilson to return for another season, and Wilson's fall to the fifth round suggests he could have used another season at Alabama. But Wilson was motivated to begin providing for his family and felt that he needed to declare for the draft. It could take a few years, but Wilson has a chance to develop into a player that outpaces the typical production for a fifth-round pick.
Round 5, No. 170 overall: Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma
My take: The Browns' kicking troubles last season led to multiple failures to win, and there is no doubt they needed to upgrade. Often, drafting a place-kicker is a risky approach. It adds immediate pressure to a deeply psychological position, and often there is minimal difference between the top of the class and those available as undrafted rookies. With that said, Seibert was effective for a high-level program last season, converting all but one of 88 extra-point attempts and 17-of-19 field goals from under 50 yards.
Round 6, No. 189 overall: Drew Forbes, OL, SE Missouri State
My take: The Browns finally drafted an offensive player after choosing four on defense and one on special teams. Forbes' size (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) and room for further growth got him noticed, even without a combine invitation. In recent weeks teams have been falling over each other trying to learn more about him. The Browns traded away Kevin Zeitler in the offseason, and while they have 2018 draft pick Austin Corbett ready to step in, Forbes could slide in as additional depth.
Round 7, No. 221 overall: Donnie Lewis Jr., CB, Tulane
My take: Lewis was the third defensive back drafted among seven total selections the Browns have made, cementing a commitment to what was clearly an offseason focus. Lewis had eight interceptions in his career at Tulane and has enough coverage skills to be a viable option for cornerback depth. But if he's going to make the team, it will be via special teams first.