The Browns front office knew which direction it wanted to head in with the 2021 offseason before the 2020 season even began.

Executive Vice President and GM Andrew Berry admitted that notion after Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Their direction was all about the defense, where the Browns added upgrades at every level of the group before the draft began with six free agent additions.

The Browns put an exclamation on that point with their 2021 draft class.

Five of their eight picks were on the defensive side of the ball, and none of the players selected will be asked to become an immediate starter — a luxury and compliment to how well the Browns have already addressed the defense.

CB Greg Newsome II and LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will provide, at minimum, quality depth to positions that struggled in that area in 2020. Both players will certainly receive opportunities to start come Week 1, too.

DT Tommy Togiai, LB Tony Fields II and S Richard LeCounte III will have a chance to carve roles for themselves, too, but they’ll be given plenty of time to develop — their positions were padded with veteran players before the draft began.

. The Browns addressed depth needs at a few offensive positions with the selections of WR Anthony Schwartz, OT James Hudson and RB Demetric Felton, but the work from the 2020 offseason ensured the Browns could return every key offensive contributor for 2021.