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Anthony Schwartz joins the Cleveland Browns as the team’s third-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft. As a result, the Browns offense just got a lot faster.
It’s not that they were slow at wide receiver. But Schwartz just might be the fastest player in the entire NFL. The 6-foot, 189-pound wideout has record-setting, world-class speed. Prior to entering Auburn, Schwartz ran a youth world record 100-meter dash in 10.15 seconds. He won state titles in Florida in the 100 and 200 in high school.
The speed shows instantly on game film, and it’s a dynamic that adds another dimension to the offense. Schwartz isn’t a polished route runner and doesn’t have a lot of toughness, but the speed on the outside impacts the defense and plays to Baker Mayfield’s impressive arm strength.
Schwartz is a pick made with an eye to the future. In 2021 he likely competes with last year’s rookie, Donovan Peoples-Jones, to be the No. 4 wideout in Cleveland. He’s just 20 years old and did show developmental growth each year in the technical aspects of playing wide receiver. It’s a solid value for the 91st pick with high upside down the line.