2019 NFL Draft: Browns “way-too-early” options plentiful

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence
CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence /
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Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

This Clemson defensive line, on paper, is stacked. Not only will all of them be drafted in 2019, but they will all be first-round picks, and all could go in the top ten picks. The quartet of Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell, and Austin Bryant will likely terrorize the NCAA in fall 2018.

For now, though, let’s focus on Dexter Lawrence. The cream of the crop of this defensive line, Lawrence is a solid defensive tackle who would be a dream next to Larry Ogunjobi. Should Ogunjobi continue on the path he started in 2017, he should be great for Cleveland this season.

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Adding Lawrence next to Ogunjobi, along with Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, would be insane. Not only would these players likely mesh together very quickly, as they are all incredibly intelligent, but they could form one of the league’s top defensive lines.

Lawrence is every bit of 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, and a straight-up bully on the defensive line. He already fit in with Gregg Williams’s uber-athletic defensive scheme. He is a mauler on the inside of the line who can open things up for Garrett, Ogbah, and Ogunjobi.

Should the Browns fall to the No. 2 overall pick, Lawrence seems to be the likely choice for now. He is most certainly worth the second overall pick in the draft, even as a defensive tackle and not a defensive end.

In the grand scheme of things, Lawrence fills the hole that Danny Shelton left. In fact, he fills it perfectly, as someone who is already better. The crazy thing is, he may not be the top defensive tackle in this class.