5 later-round defenders Cleveland Browns must pick in 2020 NFL Draft

Cleveland Browns Ashtyn Davis (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Ashtyn Davis (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
3 of 6
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns Malik Harrison (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

2. Malik Harrison, SAM, Ohio State

With the roster where it is right now, Mack Wilson is the only linebacker who has a job lined up for 2020, at weakside linebacker.

Could Sione Takitaki have the inside shot to take Joe Schobert‘s job at middle linebacker?

It it indeed plays out that way, Cleveland’s going to need some help on the strong side, and if that’s the case, look no farther than Columbus for your newest SAM backer.

Malik Harrison‘s addition would be detrimental to the oppositions’ running attack, which is a problem that’s plagued many a regimes in Berea. Cleveland surrendered 145 yards per game a season ago, 30th in the NFL.

Steve Wilks’ defense gave up 121 yards per contest with Myles Garrett, and 171 yards without. For as great as Garrett is expected to be, the stopping the run needs addressed.

Harrison should be able to fill that role, plus, he may be able to surprise with his ability to create pressure in the pocket.

Mock drafts have the Buckeye prospect going anywhere between the second or fourth round. If there in the third round, it’d be hard to pass him up.