Despite heading into the NFL draft hoping to add a playmaker in their passing game, the Browns didn’t draft a wide receiver until the third day of the draft. But the Browns still believe they got a wide receiver who can start as a rookie.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur said fourth-round draft pick Travis Benjamin looked good enough at Cleveland’s rookie minicamp that he’s optimistic he’ll be ready to make a difference in the passing game immediately.
“I would say so,” Shurmur said when asked if Benjamin can start. “I saw a lot of good stuff from Travis this weekend, and I feel like he’ll only continue to get better.”
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden loved what he saw of Benjamin, too.
“The guy can fly. You guys saw that. He can really fly,” Weeden said.
The Browns have their top seven leading receivers back from last season, so it’s not like they were without any targets in their passing game. It’s just that they were without any targets who could consistently make big plays in the passing game. The Browns hope a Weeden-to-Benjamin combination can change that.