2024 NFL Draft Grades: Cleveland Browns

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror, and we have compiled a consensus ranking using NFL draft grades from a variety of sites.

What draft grades have the media given to the Cleveland Browns? What are they saying about the Browns' 2024 draft haul?

NFL.com - Grade: C+

Day 1 grade: D
Day 2 grade: A-
Day 3 grade: A-

Analysis: The Browns' 2022 trade for Deshaun Watson is still very much a work in progress; the QB's performance thus far has not provided the team with much of a return on the raft of picks shipped to Houston, including first- and fourth-round picks this year. Hall and Zinter stay in Big Ten Country, with the former Buckeye looking to wreak havoc on the defensive line and Zinter likely to bounce back from injury to be a long-term starter.

Cleveland did not have many Day 3 picks because of past trades, including one this offseason for receiver Jerry Jeudy. Thrash could work himself into the role of a fourth or fifth receiver because of his speed. Nathaniel Watson's ferocious nature meets a need in the middle of the team's defense late in the draft, and Harden was one of the steals of the seventh round because of his fierceness and athleticism.

ESPN - Grade: C+

Top needs entering the draft: Running back, wide receiver, defensive tackle

I'm usually a believer in taking the best prospect available -- within reason -- at most times. Don't reach for a need. But when a team doesn't have a first-round pick, it becomes necessary to make sure it gets a guy who can plug a hole at a priority position. I say all of this because there were several really good running backs and receivers available when the Browns drafted defensive tackle Michael Hall Jr. (54). Looking at this roster, I would have gone a different direction.

Hall's tape at Ohio State was maddening at times because he didn't consistently produce. He went a little high based on my rankings. I did like the selection of guard Zak Zinter (85), who will add some youth to Cleveland's O-line. The Browns finally addressed the wide receiver position in Round 5 with Jamari Thrash (156), who had some issues with concentration drops but was productive in his lone season at Louisville. Nathaniel "Bookie" Watson (206) is a long-armed linebacker with the tenacity to make a team because of his special teams ability.

Cleveland didn't take a running back, so maybe Nick Chubb will be back healthy to start the season and things will be OK. I would have added some insurance, though, based on the depth of the class.

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Cleveland Browns

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Cleveland Browns in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Biggest offseason contract to watch: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

The Browns recently signed safety Grant Delpit to a three-year, $36 million extension. Cleveland could lock up another one of its young core defensive players later this year. Owusu-Koramoah is having a breakout third season (98 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 INTs) and is a major reason the Browns have arguably the top defense in the league. The 2021 second-round pick out of Notre Dame will be extension eligible this year and figures to be the next Cleveland defender still on a rookie deal to get a big payday. -- Jake Trotter

NFL.com -- Rank: 7

In our search for teams capable of winning it all this season, the Browns make the cut -- even if some still doubt their credentials. They're not doing it in any kind of expected or predictable way, which is how it tends to go for teams that are absolutely ravaged by injury. But you had better believe I am taking seriously a team that has beaten the Ravens and 49ers -- and has seemingly upgraded at quarterback (over P.J. Walker and an injured Deshaun Watson) since those games. Joe Flacco is getting a little loosey-goosey with the interceptions, but he definitely has the playoff pedigree, big-game nerves and deep-ball arm to will this team on a postseason run. It's possible there is no group better-equipped to deal with the Ravens, because of Flacco and a dominant defense. Cleveland might be the team -- along with Buffalo -- that no one wants to face on the AFC side. You could even argue the Browns are more dangerous than Buffalo, and I might not put up much of a fight, even as banged up as Cleveland is.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC North

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four AFC North teams are projected to win more games combined than the four teams in any other division in our full-season projections.

See where the Browns stand in our 2023 AFC North Predictions

2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Cleveland Browns

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Cleveland Browns.

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Deshaun Watson509332.13766.625.4512.7389.7439.54.49297.89
Dorian Thompson-Robinson33.920.7233.91.150.977.427.80.1915.94

Deshaun Watson: Appearing in only six games over the past two seasons, Watson started slowly (under 13 fantasy points in three of his first four games) but closed 2022 with two solid performances — 21.9 (weekly QB8) and 19.6 (QB6), respectively. Given his dual-threat skill set, he has upside for a quarterback being drafted as a back-end QB1.

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Cleveland Browns: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Browns in 2023.

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Week 1Sun., Sep. 10vs. Cincinnati BengalsW 24-3
Week 2Mon., Sep. 18at Pittsburgh SteelersL 26-22
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24vs. Tennessee TitansW 27-3
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Baltimore RavensL 28-3
Week 5BYE
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15vs. San Francisco 49ersW 19-17
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22at Indianapolis ColtsW 39-38
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Seattle SeahawksL 24-20
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Arizona CardinalsW 27-0
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12at Baltimore RavensW 33-31
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19vs. Pittsburgh SteelersW 13-10
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26at Denver BroncosL 29-12
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3at Los Angeles RamsL 36-19
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10vs. Jacksonville JaguarsW 31-27
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17vs. Chicago BearsW 20-17
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24at Houston TexansW 36-22
Week 17Thu., Dec. 28vs. New York JetsW 37-20
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7at Cincinnati BengalsL 31-14

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Cleveland Browns - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the Cleveland Browns.

254Michael Hall Jr.DTOhio State
385Zak ZinterGMichigan
5156Jamari ThrashWRLouisville
6206Nathanial WatsonLBMississippi State
7227Myles HardenCBSouth Dakota
7243Jowon BriggsDTCincinnati

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