Good news, Cleveland Browns fans, your team is going to the Super Bowl this season. At least that’s what your newest cornerback, who knows very little about your team right now, had to say after he was drafted in the second round.
LSU product Greedy Williams was a potential first-round pick, but slid down far enough for the Browns—who had no first-round pick after trading for Odell Beckham, Jr.—to trade up in the second to go and get him.
There is an opening for him to compete for a starting job right away, where he will work with 2018 fourth-overall pick Denzel Ward, a Pro Bowler as a rookie a season ago. Perhaps he believes he’s that much of a difference-maker that he is elevating the Browns, who haven’t had a winning season in a decade, to the level of contender.
“I know one thing, that the Browns are going to the Super Bowl this year”, he told reporters during his conference call yesterday after he was drafted. “That’s a fact”. He said that himself and Ward “are going to tear up the league. You can go man on the outside all day and we will lock down those receivers”.
On his potential running mate, Williams said, “Denzel is a Pro Bowl corner, came in his rookie year and did what he needed to do. I know he’s going to prep me up and get me ready to do the same thing. Possibly we can be the two Pro Bowl corners in the league playing for the same team”.
The Browns used trades and free agency to make some major additions to their roster this offseason on both sides of the ball, defensively trading for Olivier Vernon and signing Sheldon Richardson to complete their front four. They also retain players such as Joe Schobert and Genard Avery over the middle as they add talent on the back end, though they traded one starting safety, Jabrill Peppers, as part of the Beckham deal. Cleveland signed former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Morgan Burnett to plug that hole.
Williams said that he missed the Browns’ call the first time as they were going to draft him and had to call back. He was getting anxious waiting for his name to be called after only one cornerback went off the board in the first round. Byron Murphy went 33rd overall, but Williams continued to slide.
Many teams reportedly knocked him for his poor tackling, but Browns General Manager John Dorsey was not concerned with that, saying, “I have no problem with his tackling. Corners are paid to cover. The tackling aspect, just get the guy down”.