The Cleveland Browns have quietly put together a really good roster on paper that looks like it is ready to compete for a Super Bowl. The biggest question is whether they can translate that roster into consistent wins. They have made great strides in recent years, from a 0-16 season back in 2017 to 11-5 and coming very close to beating Kansas City for an AFC Championship berth in 2020. The biggest obstacle last season was their defense and they heavily focused on that unit in the draft with picks like Greg Newsome, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah as well as in free agency with the big signing of Jadeveon Clowney.
On offense, the Browns looked like they really started hitting their stride late in the season. Baker looked more comfortable than ever, and they ran an uber-effective smash-mouth type of football with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. One can only imagine the return of Odell Beckham Jr. forecasts more good things to come for this offense, especially with the improvements in Baker’s game. If the offensive unit picks up where they left off last season and the defensive unit takes a step forward, the Cleveland Browns could be real contenders this season. Maybe a statement no one expected to be saying just a few short years ago.