DT Kyle Peko – 2021 PFF Score 57.1
The Cleveland Browns need help upfront. The defensive tackles from 2021 were not good and were an active downgrade from the 2020 lineup that included Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi. Neither man was especially good either, which makes the Browns interior two even worse.
We’ve talked a lot about the failings of the two starters, so it’s likely neither man returns in 2022 for various reasons. The only two names under contract for 2022 at the position are Jordan Elliott and Tommy Togiai. The Cleveland Browns need depth and the Cleveland Browns need starters. Kyle Peko isn’t likely to be a starter but he can be an affordable addition to the defensive line and may be able to push for a spot if Elliott or Togiai fail to improve.
Elliott could very well be cut this offseason due to his poor play over his first two years, and if that ends up happening then the Browns will surely draft and sign several defensive tackles. Peko could be one of those affordable options.
Right now, all bets are off. No tackle from the Browns 2021 campaign, other than Sheldon Day, looked good at all, and if the Browns can’t re-sign him (he should be a priority, even if only on a short-term contract), then the Browns are going to be in some serious need for anyone to step up in 2022.