CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ rookie class does not lack in production from their college programs, nor does it for confidence.
After being selected by the Browns in the second and fifth rounds respectively, cornerback Greedy Williams and linebacker Mack Wilson predicted that the Browns would challenge for the Super Bowl during the 2019 season, and Wilson did not back away from that sentiment at rookie minicamp last weekend.
“I’m happy to be surrounded by great guys,” Wilson said. “I feel like the Browns are a great organization.
“From the past two, three seasons, they have made a tremendous step in how they have been handling things lately. I feel like we will have a great team this year, offensively and defensively. What is on my mind is just contributing in any way that I can.”
The Browns selected Wilson out of the University of Alabama with the 155th overall pick, the No. 17 selection in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 27.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Wilson was a three-year contributor to the Crimson Tide, including a College Football Playoff National Championship Game win following the 2017 regular season.
In 33 career games for Alabama, Wilson registered 113 total tackles, including 59 solo stops and 54 assists, with seven hits coming behind the line of scrimmage. Additionally, Wilson corralled six interceptions, which he returned for 39 yards and one touchdown, defended seven passes and recovered one fumble.
“I can say that is not my strong suit. It is just part of my game,” Wilson said of dropping into coverage.
“Some linebackers to this day probably don’t have that play style in them. I feel like my strong suit is just taking on offensive linemen, making tackles, plugging gaps and things like that. When it is time for me to drop or cover guys, that is just natural. It is easy to me. I’m just blessed to have that ability.”
Wilson was the Browns’ fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and all of those selections were made to bolster the defensive side of the football.
The Browns traded up three spots in order to select Williams (No. 46 overall) in the second round out of LSU and former BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki (No. 80 overall) in the third round on Day 2.
On Day 3, the Browns selected former University of Miami (Florida) safety Sheldrick Redwine in the fourth round and spent their final pick, a seventh-round choice, on cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr.
“Basically just come in and showcase my ability to do multiple things -- to play all three linebacker spots,” Wilson said. “Just to show my view from learning from the veterans guys and take in coaching. My ability is going to show for itself and the things that God blessed me with. I’m just ready to get to work and learn as much as I can from those guys.”