Amari Cooper landing Spot No. 3: Cleveland Browns
Another team that fell short of expectation in 2021 was the Cleveland Browns. After winning 11 games in 2020 and securing their first playoff win since the 1990s, Cleveland took a major step backward this past year.
One of the big problems for them was the health of quarterback Baker Mayfield who suffered a partially torn shoulder labrum in Week 2. He also had a fracture in his shoulder as well as a knee and ankle injury throughout the year.
He pushed through the pain – although he probably shouldn’t have since it hurt his stock immensely – but the team finished 8-9 and out of the playoffs.
As much as Mayfield’s play cost the Browns, their lack of great talent at wide receiver may have hurt them even more. Odell Beckham, Jr. forced his way out and was never really a factor even before that, and Jarvis Landry looked to have lost a step – which is not ideal considering he was already a player who never ran deep routes.
Looking ahead to 2021, they need to make some big moves, and instead of just hoping to find a rookie at pick No. 13 who can come in and help, they could be proactive and add Amari Cooper should the Dallas Cowboys move on.
For some perspective on how much Cooper would help, his sub-standard season in 2021 where he had 68 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns would have made him far and away the best pass-catcher in Cleveland.