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2016 NFL Draft Fallout: Browns Bumper Draft Means Big Roster Turnover

It’s hard to believe, given their recent history, that anyone could not make the Browns roster. But even at the foot of the league there a


It’s hard to believe, given their recent history, that anyone could not make the Browns roster. But even at the foot of the league there are cap considerations and only a limited number of roster spots available. However Cleveland made a massive 14 draft picks this year, meaning the roster is about to get a serious turnover. So who might be on their way out? Brian Hartline, WR When the front office drafts 5 – FIVE! – wide receivers in one draft it means they want to improve the position considerably, That’s what Cleveland did this year as they took Corey Coleman in the first round, Ricardo Louis and Seth Devalve in the fourth and Jordan Payton and Rashard Higgins in the fifth. As a result the veterans on the Browns roster are in severe danger of losing their jobs, and with the Browns being able to save $3 million in cap space by moving on from Brian Hartline he is the most likely one to be on the cutting block. Austin Davis, QB The Browns signed Robert Griffin III during free agency and then drafted Cody Kessler. Which means one of Josh McCown or Austin Davis aren’t going to make the team. Now normally I would suggest cutting the man with the bigger cap hit, but it’s likely that whoever they keep will have to play this season given Griffin’s injury history and the fact that Kessler is far from ready. As a result the Browns need to keep the superior (but still a bit rubbish) McCown and let Davis walk. Desmond Bryant, DE Cleveland used 2 top 65 picks on defensive ends. Both Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib are a little light for the traditional 3-4 defensive end and aren’t ideal candidates to get stood up as an outside linebacker, so maybe the Browns are plotting a move to more of a 4-3 look. But even if they aren’t then they could do with letting Bryant go. He’s an ok player but for $8 million he’s an expensive veteran the Browns have no real need for. They could do with giving his snaps to younger players who might actually be around by the time the Browns get good. Cleveland can save $6 million if they cut Bryant, money that can be better spent elsewhere.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL and MLB editor for RealSport. However I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site.

I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

2016 NFL Draft Fallout: Browns Bumper Draft Means Big Roster Turnover

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