9.Browns must sign a LB
The good news about the linebacking corps: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has Pro Bowl potential in a spot that qualified as a position of need prior to the draft. The bad? Two players who logged a lot of snaps are set to hit free agency in Anthony Walker and Malcom Smith.
Cleveland could go with another rookie in the draft, but it’s unlikely that a player of JOK’s talent is going to fall to them again in the second round.
So if you’re looking at the free agency market, there’s not really a player who jumps out among the rest.
Based on the PFF grade of available free agent linebackers, De’Vondre Campbell is considered the best available. He exceeded 100 tackles with the Packers this past season, marking the second time he’s accomplished the fete in his career.
As for that PFF grade stat, you should know that Walker and Smith both own top 10 scores, with Walker owning the third best available grade, and Smith the ninth.
Walker, 26, exceeded 100 tackles for the third time in fourth year, but posted a PFF grade of 69.3. I thought that grade was spot on. He’s not a game changer, rather, he’s a fine starter who’s going to accumulate takedowns.
The Browns just don’t seem like they’re going to allocate big resources to this position, so if they bring Walker back, OK. I’d also be interested in Chargers free agent Kyzier White, 25. He’s had some injuries in his career, but played a full season with the Chargers this past season.