The Cleveland Browns placed rookie safety Grant Delpit on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his rookie season before it ever officially began because of the ruptured Achilles tendon.
However, they did fill the vacant spot on the roster rather quickly by claiming former Miami Dolphins defensive end and 2020 draft pick Curtis Weaver off waivers. Weaver was waived with an injury designation by the Dolphins on Monday.
The former Boise State Bronco was a fifth-round pick by Miami back in April but suffered a foot injury that Miami thought could not be season ending but according to his agent, Weaver will miss the entire 2020 season.
The waiver claim was a smart move by Browns general manager Andrew Berry and the explanation is quite clear. Cleveland is looking for talent by any means necessary and while many will think Weaver is just a late-round draft pick, how could the talent be there.
Well, Pro Football Focus graded Curtis Weaver as the 26th overall prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft and he was the only draft prospect to have back to back seasons with a pass-rushing grade of 92 or higher in college football. Weaver had 47.5 tackles for a loss and 34 sacks in his three seasons at Boise State.
As you know, Pro Football Focus is a heavy-analytics based site when it comes to breaking down football which would lead some to believe that Weaver was just as highly thought of in the Browns scouting department leading up to the 2020 draft.
So while Weaver won’t contribute to the Browns in the 2020 season, Weaver was worth the gamble to stash him away until 2021.
With the Browns pass rush outside of Myles Garrett looking murky heading into 2021 with Olivier Vernon slated to become an unrestricted free agent and Adrian Clayborn under contract through 2021 and entering his tenth season so he’s on the backside of his career. Porter Gustin is an unknown talent with limited experience and Chad Thomas is likely to be cut once they trim the roster down next weekend.
If Weaver can come back from the injury and be effective opposite Myles Garrett and whomever else the Browns will have on the edge, the low-risk move the Browns made on Tuesday could end up being a steal by Andrew Berry when it’s all said and done.