The Defensive Ends
Isaac Rochell, Stephen Weatherly, Curtis Weaver
Curtis Weaver has not stuck around until now for a reason, and with the rookies ahead of him, he’s not making the team. He’ll be cut early. As for Stephen Weatherly or Isaac Rochell, they were brought in to push the rookies, not take their spots.
5. Isaiah Thomas (R)
He’s the third Isaiah Thomas that is going to be associated with the city of Cleveland, the first being a pain in the butt point guard who helped sink a lot of good Cavaliers teams, while the second was a …pain in the butt point guard who helped sink a good Cavs team…huh…Well, thankfully Thomas won’t be playing point but that’s mostly because this isn’t basketball, nor will he get a lot of reps anyway.
4. Alex Wright (R)
Das Wunderkind Alex Wright has jumped from WCW to the world of pro football in a joke that I will not retire anytime soon. Like Perrion Winfrey after him, Alex Wright was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the middle of the 2022 NFL Draft, with the idea that he’d be an instant contributor. I think that’s fair, as Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett have a history of missing games. Garrett also takes more plays off than Clowney, so when Garrett goes to the sideline, there are opportunities to make some noise. So Wright will get some action as a rookie. Hopefully, he can improve his pre-camp grade.
3. Chase Winovich
Chase Winovich can either be a star-spangled darling in this Browns defense or a rotation piece. I don’t see him busting with the team, and if given enough opportunities, especially as a hybrid end/linebacker, Winovich could be something. Though he’s not exactly coming in with the most consistent play while in New England.
2. Jadeveon Clowney
I think Jadeveon Clowney is a heck of a run-stopper, the best on the line at any position, but save for three games in 2021, he’s just not an impressive pass rusher and has never been. He’s with the perfect team with the Browns, as he’s not a number one defensive option and in Cleveland, he doesn’t have to be.
1. Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett is sacking his way to the Hall of Fame. He just needs to stay on the field and stay healthy to get there.