How the #4 pick in the 2018 NFL draft could turn into a key #NFL pick in 2019
The #4 overall pick in 2018’s NFL draft, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, has a chance to be a key piece of the Cleveland Browns in 2019.
The Browns have already begun to draft running backs in the first round, and Mixon’s name is on the radar of several teams.
But the Oklahoma product is still in his early stages of the NFL draft process, and his stock could fall a bit further as he progresses.
Mixon has the ability to play outside in the backfield or as a full-time back, and he has the physical tools to be able to excel in those situations.
The question is whether or not he can take the next step as a player and become a reliable starter for the Browns.
Muddying the waters: If Mixon falls in the top 20, he could become the most coveted running back in the draft.
However, as he matures, he may have to compete for playing time with Isaiah Crowell and Isaiah Crower.
Moudin has all the tools to become a starter in the NFL, but he is in the early stages and may have more opportunities than most in the league.
If Muddies success doesn’t translate to the field, then it could mean the Browns are going to have to take a shot on a different back.
What’s next for the #Browns?
The Cleveland Browns have been working out running backs at training camp, and there have been a few notable prospects that have been getting time with the first team.
If there are no running backs getting reps with the starters at this point, then the Browns could look to bring back a veteran or two and see if they can develop a running back.
The #3 overall pick, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, could also be an option if the Browns feel they need to add a veteran pass rusher.
While he hasn’t played much this year, Ramsey could be a nice upgrade at the position.
Miley Kephart, an undrafted running back out of Arizona State, has also been getting some looks with the Browns, and the running back position may not be a position of need.
There are several other young players that could help the Browns in the running game in 2019, including sophomore receiver Chris Godwin, sophomore running back Isaiah Crowett, and freshman running back Hunter Leonard.
The Cleveland running backs could help Cleveland improve in the run game, as the Browns ranked 24th in rushing defense in 2016.