The Cleveland Browns were right to move on from Sheldon Richardson after 2020. He was expensive and far from a reliable playmaker on the defensive line. The team tried to replace him with cheaper and/or older options, but that was an utter disaster. The Browns saw their 2021 unit include Sheldon Day, Andrew Billings, Malik McDowell, Jordan Elliott, Malik Jackson, and Tommy Togiai. None of them were impressive.
Billings was released during the season, Elliot has been a disaster, Day was a late replacement and did fine in limited action, the Malik’s were both unimpressive, and McDowell ended up having a mental break of sorts and got himself arrested. Togiai was a prospect pick and did little to show that he was capable of stepping in as a starter and doing well.
So the Browns need a defensive tackle and WalterFootball has the Browns taking Florida player, Zachary Carter.
"The Browns lost Sheldon Richardson, so they may want to obtain an interior presence on the defensive line. Zachary Carter has the quickness and athleticism to perhaps sneak into the first round."
The red-shirt senior is 6’4 but just 285. He’s more the size of a defensive end, but many scouts see him as an interior player. Pro Football Network describes Carter as a player who’s confused by RPO’s and has a problem with his first-step timing. Another way of saying he’s slow off the snap.
Regardless, he’s shown enough potential in Florida to warrant consideration; at least before we get to the combine.