Predicting the Cleveland Browns Roster
By Shane Carter
Defensive Line (10): Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, Chad Thomas, Chris Smith, Nate Orchard, Larry Ogunjobi, Caleb Brantley, Trevon Coley, Trenton Thompson
This defensive end group is deep, featuring starters Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah. Nassib, Orcahrd, free agent Chris Smith and third round draft pick Chad Thomas complete the squad. This edge rushing group could effectively run six deep and not lose a step.
The team only needs to keep four defensive tackles. Larry Ogunjobi looks like a potential star and has become a fan favorite. Trevon Coley was brought off the practice squad, and has made the most of his opportunities.
Caleb Brantley and Trenton Thompson have one word in common — steal. Caleb Brantley was drafted in the sixth but has shown so far to be more valuable than that, being a great rotation partner along the defensive line. Trenton Thompson is a steal in theory. He was graded to be drafted around the fourth round of the draft, and ended up being an undrafted free agent. He comes into a defensive line group that not only has a need for another defensive tackle, but is on the rise.
Linebackers (5): Joe Schobert, Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, James Burgess, Genard Avery
The starting group of Schobert, Collins and Kirksey is a good, complete group. However, the Achilles heel of the linebackers was their lack of depth, which showed when Jamie Collins went down.
James Burgess showed some promise last season, and gives the team a player who can play both spots on the outside. Schobert’s backup is fifth round pick, Genard Avery from Memphis. He’s only a rookie, but just about anything is an improvement for the Browns linebacker depth.