2020 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns must take one of these five players in 2nd round

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3. Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

The interior defensive line usually plays out as a battle of attrition against injuries. You can never have enough depth, which is why Ross Blacklock is a name to watch with the 41st pick.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman ran a 4.90 40-yard dash time, which was far better than some of the more recognizable prospects at the position. Granted, you’re not asking your lineman to 40-yards, but it does highlight his athleticism. Plus, he was excellent with a 7.77 second mark in the 3-cone drill.

Blacklock can get after the quarterback and displayed an ability to beat offensive lineman who were bigger and in some cases, stronger.

If the Browns go with Blacklock, they’ll have found a player who can have a role in 2020, with bigger things to come down the road. Considering Sheldon Richardson‘s contract, it’s hard to imagine the Browns keeping his cap number after this season. He’s due to earn around $12 million next season.

The team also signed 25-year-old Andrew Billings to a deal once free agency commenced.

It’s pricey to sign top-shelf defensive lineman, and the Browns have to be conscious of how they spend their money, with name such as Myles Garrett coming due for an extension.