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Fantasy impact of the Browns 2021 NFL Draft selections

We take a look at the fantasy football impact of the Cleveland Browns’ selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns and teammates warm up prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns are stacked with one of the better all-around rosters in the NFL. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have spots of need. Cornerback, interior defensive lineman and wide receiver are spots where a first round pick could come in and find some playing time. Pick 26 isn’t going to land them a no-doubt stud, but a good cornerback or wide receiver should be available.

Going with a cornerback would be my best guess depending on how the draft plays out, but it would be a nice fantasy football boon for Baker Mayfield if they could land an outside receiver to take some heat off Odell Beckham Jr.

The Browns will go as far as Mayfield can take them, and giving him as many weapons as possible could help them get past the Steelers and Ravens this season. But when trying to compete against the Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allens in the AFC, a cornerback may end up their best choice.

Cleveland Browns 2021 Draft selections

No. 26: Greg Newsome, CB
No. 52 (via CAR): Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB
No. 91: Anthony Schwartz, WR
No. 110: James Hudson, OT
No. 132: Tommy Togiai, DT
No. 153: Tony Fields II, LB
No. 169: Richard LeCounte, S
No. 211: Demetric Felton, WR

Fantasy football impact

Anthony Schwartz, WR

The Browns added arguably the fastest player in the league on Friday. He’s more speedster than wide receiver for the time being, which means we could see some gadget plays as the Browns try and get the ball in his hands. He’ll add immediate value to the Browns offense, but he’s not a breakout candidate as a rookie — rather, he’s a stash for dynasty leaguers.

Demetric Felton, WR

Felton moved to wide receiver from running back, and that versatility could pay dividends. Unfortunately it also probably hurt his draft stock, but he has the acceleration and balance to do damage after the catch. His fantasy value is likely a year or two away as he finds his way at a new position.