2. Jarrad Davis, MLB, Lions
The Browns need a middle linebacker, and the Lions may well go ahead and cut one in former 2017 first-round pick Jarrad Davis.
The Lions have already soured on Davis, as they recently declined to pick up his fifth-year option. The organization would save $2 million by releasing him before the start of the season.
So, if he didn’t work out in Detroit, what makes him fit in Cleveland? It’s a point well taken, but perhaps, one worth exploring. Middle linebacker is the greatest position of need and Davis bring experience.
Plus, perhaps I’m just too high on Joe Woods, but sometimes, someone like Davis who’s battled injuries and inconsistencies throughout his short career, just needs to see some fresh faces and a change of scenery.
Davis made headlines this offseason for transforming his physique, but if the Lions do decide to move on, they’ll lean on newly acquired players Reggie Ragland, as well as Jamie Collins, who’s reuniting with Matt Patricia.
The Browns haven’t done much at linebacker, other than draft LSU tackling machine Jacob Phillips midway through the draft. He possesses great potential, but it’s a lot to ask the the former Tiger to step in and start.
Notably, the Browns let Joe Schobert walk in free agency, while cutting Christian Kirksey this offseason.