The Cleveland Browns will look to build their defense in the 2021 free agency period and NFL Draft, and Mel Kiper knows where to start.
The Browns will be looking to target several positions of need over the next few months in both free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft. The Browns need help on all three levels of defense, and the hope is that the Browns can make a major dent by getting two big free agent acquisitions to help that side of the ball. That doesn’t mean Cleveland will be able to fill all of their holes on defense with just two big signings, but it does make drafting a heck of a lot easier. Draft analysis Mel Kiper gave his thoughts on where and who the Browns should target to help build their defense to ESPN and Jake Trotter.
The first obvious choice is upgrading the defensive backs. While the safeties need help, the cornerbacks are a bigger area of concern. Yet, Kiper believes safeties are the priority and likes TCU safety Trevon Moehrig or UCF safety Aaron Robinson. Both men could help, that’s for sure. Cleveland still has Ronnie Harrison on the roster after trading for him to start the 2020 season, as well as Grant Delpit. Delpit missed all of his first year due to an Achilles injury, and he may never be the same again.
So there is an obvious reason why the Browns could be thinking about safety.
Kiper then targets both the defensive ends and linebacking corp. Kiper names both Miami Hurricane ends, Jaelan Phillips, and Gregory Rousseau as players the Browns could do well with. Personally, Phillips is the better prospect and one of two guys the team should get if they’re there. The other is a linebacker, Zaven Collins from Tulsa, who Kiper also likes Cleveland for.
Collins would help shore up the linebacking corp but would need a second playmaker next to him as well.
If there was a way to get both Collins and Phillips, on top of two major free-agent acquisitions on the defense, then the Cleveland defense would be looking really fit for the 2021 season.