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3 Browns Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs Following 2021 NFL Draft

Max Staley
Three Cleveland Browns veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three Cleveland Browns veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2021 NFL Draft. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns had one of the most impressive NFL Drafts in the league. The team got some serious value early on, selecting cornerback Greg Newsome II and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in Round 1 and Round 2, respectively. And Cleveland did plenty more work throughout the weekend, selecting a total of eight players.

That influx of young, cheap talent is obviously great news for the franchise as a whole, but there are a few Browns' veterans who could be getting a bit nervous.

With that in mind, here are three Browns vets that could be fighting for their jobs after the 2021 NFL Draft.

3. Malik Jackson, Defensive Tackle

Malik Jackson is a rock-solid run stuffer whom the Browns picked up in free agency this past offseason. He looked like an absolute lock to start once Cleveland released Sheldon Richardson. But there are rumblings suggesting Richardson could still return to the team. And the Browns added a talented DT prospect in Ohio State's Tommy Togiai during the draft. Like Jackson, Toigai specializes in stopping the run. Jackson's path to a prominent role is starting to look a lot more complicated than it did a few weeks back.

2. Rashard Higgins, Wide Receiver

Rashard Higgins looks likely to start in three wide-receiver sets for the Browns in 2021. He's displayed a great connection with Baker Mayfield, but that chemistry may not be enough to keep him on the field. 2020 sixth-round pick Donovan Peoples-Jones showed a ton of promise as a rookie, and he could easily start to push Higgins for snaps. Plus, it could be tough to keep 2021 third-round pick Anthony Schwartz off the field. Schwartz can straight up fly, running an unofficial 4.26 40-yard dash at Auburn's pro day. He could be one of the fastest players in the league from day one, as that number would tie him for the third-fastest 40 time in league history. Higgins should retain his role early on, but don't be surprised to see one of the youngsters give him a run for his money.

1. Greedy Williams, Cornerback

The Cleveland Browns spent a 2019 second-round pick on Greedy Williams. The selection has yet to really pay off. While Williams is a superb talent, he only played 12 games as a rookie and missed the entire 2020 campaign due to a shoulder issue. It's not like he was particularly effective when he last saw the field, either, receiving a 54.6 overall grade from ProFootballFocus in 2019. Cleveland spent its 2021 first-round pick on a cornerback in Northwestern's Greg Newsome II, and he could easily beat out Williams for that CB2 role. If Newsome does win that job, it could be tough for Williams to get on the field with much consistency, as Troy Hill looks likely to be the team's slot CB in 2021.

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