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Breaking Down Browns 2024 NFL Draft Plans

The Cleveland Browns’ front office is in overdrive, meticulously plotting their moves for the 2024 season. They’re strategically eyeing game-changers with NFL draft odds stacked in their favor. Imagine rookies donning orange helmets, free agents signing on the dotted line, and the anticipation building in the Dawg Pound.

In this playbook breakdown, we dissect their strategy, uncover hidden gems, and predict seismic shifts.

Breaking Down Browns 2024 NFL Draft Plans
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The Browns are on the hunt, and victory is the only option.

 

What Browns Did Via Free Agency/Trade Thus Far

The Cleveland Browns, a team looking to return to NFL betting odds prominence in 2024, kicked off the new league year with a sensible buy-low move by acquiring wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in a trade with the Denver Broncos. They acquired Jeudy at the cost of a fifth- and sixth-round pick. Jeudy is under contract for only 2024 at his guaranteed $12.9 million fifth-year option.

For now, Jeudy becomes a one-year rental at a position of need as the Browns sought speed and experience at wideout.

While GM Andrew Berry stated the team doesn’t need to restructure Deshaun Watson’s contract to create salary cap space, doing so would provide more flexibility to pursue top free agents and retain some of their own.

By halving Watson’s current $63.9 million 2024 cap hit, Cleveland would give itself breathing room — something the Jeudy trade necessitates soon.

The Browns have been aggressive March spenders under Berry’s leadership in the past. This year, they aim to maximize their current roster after an 11-win 2023 season.

The Jeudy acquisition resembles their 2022 trade for Amari Cooper, though with a lower ceiling. Both Jeudy and Cooper hail from South Florida and played at Alabama collegiately.

As NFL news sites showcased in early March, Cleveland restructured the contracts of Pro Bowler Denzel Ward and Jedrick Wills Jr., creating around $11 million in 2024 cap space each time. Though Wills’ deal ahead is his fully guaranteed fifth-year option, the Browns added void years to push cap hits into future seasons.

Soon, Berry’s complete plans and the Browns’ budget will become more apparent. Before the Jeudy trade, they had just over $17 million in available cap space.

Beyond trading for Jeudy, the Browns focused on re-signing core free agents like Za’Darius Smith, Shelby Harris and Maurice Hurst. They’re banking on Jeudy, a former first-rounder, living up to his No.1 WR upside. Otherwise, Cleveland is essentially running back its 2023 roster.

The Browns don’t have glaring roster holes, but they could use a young, ascending playmaker as a receiver after moving on from recent draft picks like Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz. The jury remains out on others like Cedric Tillman and David Bell.

 

Our Cleveland Browns 2024 Season Odds

  • Odds to Win Division: +550
  • Odds to Win Conference: +1800
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl: +4000

 

Who Should Browns Focus on Drafting?

Regarding the NFL draft betting lines, oddsmakers are closely monitoring the Browns’ situation. With no first-rounder after that Deshaun Watson blockbuster, Cleveland’s only choice and primary draft strategy is getting creative.

As for the NFL betting lines, people are high on the Browns making some noise in the draft despite being pick-poor initially. Berry has been aggressive in bolstering this roster through free agency.

With premium positions like linebacker, cornerback and offensive line still on the shopping list, Berry could efficiently deal away a guy like Greg Newsome to stockpile more draft capital. The former first-rounder is headed for free agency, so why not cash in while you can?

When it comes to online betting predictions, the buzz is that Berry will take the best player available early on. He’s put this team in a position to go “BPA” after filling crucial needs in free agency. That’s why a freak athlete like Texas A&M LB Edgerrin Cooper could be in play with one of their top picks.

The secondary is stacked for now with Ward and Emerson locked in. But drafting developmental sleepers, like corner Jarvis Brownlee Jr. out of Louisville, late makes sense. The Browns could groom talented project corners while they still have Newsome’s cost-controlled rookie deal.

Regardless of how it all shakes out, you already know Berry has an aggressive draft plan brewing behind the scenes. Expect the Browns to be active and get creative in restocking the draft pick cupboard however they can.

 

Questions Of The Day

How Much Cap Space Do The Browns Have For 2024?


The Cleveland Browns have an estimated $6.9 million in cap space for the 2024 offseason.

How Many Picks Do The Browns Have For The NFL Draft?


Without a first-round or fourth-round pick, Cleveland has a total of five picks to work with in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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