6. Shore up the defense in the draft
Linebacker and defensive tackle are the Browns’ biggest needs heading into the 2019 draft.
At linebacker, Joe Schobert is fine in the middle, but Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins leave a lot to be desired. Save me the excuse that Collins led the team in tackling. Beau Bell could’ve done the same if he was still out there.
What Collins didn’t do was make plays and be a game changer. Often times, he looked disinterested and he’s never actually looked like the player he was when he was with the New England Patriots.
Early suggestions include LSU’s Devin White and Michigan’s Devin Bush. Both played middle linebacker in college, and could very well go in the top 10. Outside linebacking prospects include Florida’s Jachai Polite and Florida State’s Brian Burns, although both have yet to announce whether they will leave school early.
Michigan’s Chase Winovich and Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines could also be options to help at linebacker, but taking them at 17 would be a bit of a reach. ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed these players as as just on the outside of his top 25 big board.
As for defensive tackle, the Browns have a nice player in Larry Ogunjobi, but Trevon Coley was one of the worst graded interior defensive lineman in the game, according to Pro Football Focus, as reflected in our final player rankings.
Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary will probably be gone by the time the Browns pick, but he’d likely be a 3-technique in a 4-3 scheme.
I like Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons better and think he can be more of a disruptor.
It’s a deep draft for defensive tackles, though, and there’s plenty of time to dive in on that later.