Cleveland Browns: 5 bold predictions for the 2016 season
Carl Nassib will be named Defensive ROY
The Browns have a young defense, but the decision to rebuild through the draft was warranted after seeing who was selected.
Emmanuel Ogbah will be a key piece for the Browns, but Carl Nassib is going to be a player to watch for years to come.
Nassib was not only an All-American in 2015, as he was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. This award was won over Joey Bosa, who was selected much higher than Nassib, although his career is off to a much rockier start out in San Diego.
The 6-foot-7 Nassib currently sits behind John Hughes III on the depth chart at one of the defensive end spots, but he is going to see a lot of time on the field at the outset of the season.
He will continue to prove how great he is, compiling the stats normally seen by a starter. By the end of the season, this will lead to Nassib being named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Nassib has the benefit of being on a rebuilding team, which means he will see much more playing time compared to players who enter a situation where there are already solidified starters in the same position.
While the Browns still need to improve on the push from the defensive front, Nassib will shine on the edge of the defensive line.
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