Cleveland Browns: Projecting the 53-man roster

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Defensive Line: 10

Myles Garrett

Emmanuel Ogbah

Carl Nassib

Larry Ogunjobi

Caleb Brantley

Danny Shelton

Desmond Bryant

Xavier Cooper

Cam Johnson

Nate Orchard

Some of the players have switched position because of the new 4-3 defense. Nate Orchard, Desmond Bryant and Cam Johnson‘s new roles in the defense could help their careers but also hurt them if they cannot adapt.

We know and anticipate the starting pair of Garrett and Ogbah, with Nassib adding depth to both sides, but watch the tackle positions with Ogunjobi and Brantley, both rookies, both who could potentially replace Danny Shelton as a starter.

Linebacker: 6

Christian Kirksey

Jamie Collins

Joe Schobert

Dominique Alexander

Tank Carder

Kenneth Olugbode

Now here’s where things get interesting. Yes, not only do I think the team will keep six, but a rookie free agent from Colorado, Olugbode, will be the sixth. He had great production at Colorado, but he may need to add about 10 pounds to his frame.

Kirksey and Collins are the only lock starters at this point, and the MIKE spot is up for competition between Alexander and Carder, with Schobert giving depth to the outside.