The Browns grab the fastest receiver in the draft with their third-round pick.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 1, 2021
Here is a scouting report from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who had Schwartz as his 21st-ranked wide receiver on his board:
A three-year starter at Auburn, Williams was the Y receiver in former offensive coordinator Chad Morris’ spread scheme, lining up across the formation.With his speed, he was a threat every time he touched the football in the Tigers’ offense, although there were a lot of “all-or-nothing” type plays with only 9.4% of his catches resulting in a 25-plus yard gain over the last three seasons.
Schwartz’s track background is impressive and translates to the football field, using speed cuts that create conflict for cover defenders and destroy pursuit angles for tacklers. He can accelerate in a blink to win vertically, but he is more of a catch-and-run weapon and lacks the size, ball skills or instincts to be a high-volume target. Overall, Schwartz needs to grow into more of a well-rounded, reliable receiver, but he has the rare natural speed and burst that no defensive back wants to face (and will likely get him overdrafted). He projects as a feast-or-famine NFL receiver with room to be more.
Browns just got the fastest player in the NFL Draft, Anthony Schwartz
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
How He Fits the Browns
Even though the Browns have great receiving depth with Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and KhaDarel Hodge, it is true that Beckham and Landry are both on the older side. But the selection of Schwartz isn’t about replacing them, but adding another dynamic to the Browns’ offense. Schwartz is extremely fast, and can be utilized on go routes, endarounds, and screens. It might be a slight reach, but with Cleveland becoming close to a complete football team, they can afford these luxury niche picks.
What do you think, Browns fans?