A wide receiver in college, the Browns intend to start him off at running back.
Here is a scouting report from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who had Felton as the 26th-ranked wide receiver (more on that in a second) on his board:
A three-year starter at UCLA, Felton was initially a wide receiver before moving to running back in head coach Chip Kelly’s pro-style spread scheme. He was productive whenever he touched the football for the Bruins, both in volume (led the Pac-12 with 165.8 all-purpose yards per game in 2020) and big plays (had four touchdowns of 75-plus yards in 2019, a UCLA single-season record). Primarily a running back in college, Felton will require time to sharpen his awareness and skills, but his route construction, break quickness and ball skills were impressive during Senior Bowl practices at receiver. Regardless of how he gets the ball, the explosive movements and speed are there for him to threaten opponents in different ways. Overall, Felton comes with fit and refinement questions, but he can be a matchup weapon with his flexibility out of the backfield or at receiver. He projects best in the slot and as a return man.
Browns’ Demetric Felton is listed as a RB
Here is his route running ⬇️
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
How He Fits the Browns
Felton was a wide receiver in college, but the Browns intend to start him off in the running back room. That offers some more competition for D’Ernest Johnson, and gives Cleveland another potential receiving threat out of the backfield, should an injury happen to either Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt.
What do you think, Browns fans?