The Cleveland Browns have 27 rookies in camp, and it's time to see how they are doing through two preseason games.
The 12 draft picks figure to play a prominent role on the team, but some of the undrafted rookies have earned high grades as well.
Injuries and possible suspensions have added to the opportunities on defense. The first two weeks of preseason have seen rookies John Hughes and Billy Winn play well on the defensive line. Two of the team's three starting linebacker spots have also been filled by rookies. Meanwhile, the injury to Dimitri Patterson has provided an opportunity for rookie Trevin Wade to be the first man up when the Browns go with three corners.
It hasn't taken injury to get rookies on the field on offense. Instead, the lack of talent on that side of the ball has presented the chance for four rookies to start the regular season.
The headliner has been Brandon Weeden, with No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson's injury limiting his ability. However, he will be the starter when he returns
Supplemental pick Josh Gordon has started both preseason games and figures to have locked up a starting job. Meanwhile, rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has flown under the radar, but fared pretty well after a couple of rough plays in the first game against the Detroit Lions.
The speedy Travis Benjamin has been grading out well through the first two weeks, despite injury holding him out of the second preseason game. In practice, Benjamin has been getting more reps in the three-receiver set.
One disappointment among the free-agent rookies has been Josh Cooper, Weeden’s former Oklahoma State teammate, who looks to be headed for the practice squad.
Overall, the grade for the Browns rookies is a B, because of the large amount of rookies playing key roles on the team and living up to the expectations.
Let's take a look at each noteworthy rookie in depth.