1. What is this defense going to be?
The Browns’ defensive talent, judged purely on talent, is second to few in the NFL. The front seven specifically seems to be this team’s greatest strength, and the secondary is taking shape before our very eyes. But really, what is this defense? What is its ceiling and its floor?
Starting on the defensive line, Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah are bookend defenders. Fans saw, albeit briefly, what they could do when healthy together last season. Between them lie Larry Ogunjobi and likely Caleb Brantley. Let’s talk about those two.
Ogunjobi is possibly one of the most underrated players in the entire NFL. Throughout last year, the Charlotte product had moments of total dominance on the football field. Pairing him with Brantley, likely one of the best Florida defensive lineman in years, could mean doom for opposing offensive lines.
Onto the linebacker corps, Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins are certainly a good start. Not to mention Mychal Kendricks who the Browns added in the offseason. Genard Avery and Joe Schobert add tremendous depth to make linebackers the Browns’ greatest strength.
Most confusing of all, the secondary. It’s pretty easy to put two and two together on the safeties. Peppers and Randall will almost certainly be the starting duo, with Peppers finally at the position of strong safety.
On the other hand, Cleveland’s cornerbacks will make your head spin. They have way too many to keep on the roster, and at least one recognizable name will be cut. Shot in the dark, the starting duo could be E.J. Gaines and Denzel Ward.
Cleveland’s defense has a great floor, and their ceiling could be even higher. The main point is, the Browns’ defense is coming for opposing offenses, and they might be coming faster than you think.