Now that the Browns boast so many solid pieces on defense, talents like Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah are coming into the limelight. But underneath the surface, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi might just be an unsung hero.
This Cleveland Browns defense, at least on paper, is no joke. While they haven’t proven anything on the field yet, this defense has the makings of a top-15 squad. Along with the supporting cast, the Browns have their fair share of stars on the defensive side of the ball.
Myles Garrett, Christian Kirksey, and Jamie Collins have made themselves known to NFL fans throughout their time with the Dawg Pound. The secondary is steadily improving, but the front seven seems to have taken full control of the team’s strongest suit.
However, one very talented Browns player has flown under the radar of the league-wide fanbase: defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. Ogunjobi may be one of Cleveland’s best young players, and he may not even know it yet.
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A third-round pick in 2017, Ogunjobi blew away expectations for his rookie year. Despite a lack of statistical dominance (32 tackles, 1.0 sacks), Ogunjobi showed flashes of being able to absolutely destroy opposing offensive lines.
After the trade of Danny Shelton during the off-season, Ogunjobi will be seeing an expanded role heading into next season.
In 2018, Ogunjobi will have the chance to capitalize on his visually impressive rookie year. At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Ogunjobi screams big-time potential. Out of all of Cleveland’s defensive talents, he may have the best future as, simply, an absolute homewrecker.
With Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah now both healthy, Ogunjobi will have the chance to shine between two of the league’s most exciting young defensive ends.
The three of them together, along with a stellar linebacking group, can be one of the league’s most promising front sevens.
Gregg Williams, it is time to let Ogunjobi loose. You have your star defensive end in Garrett, a great complementary piece in Ogbah, and now the big man in the middle in Ogunjobi. All the pieces are in place; let slip the Dawgs of War.