With Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah under contract, the Browns aren’t hurting for defensive tackles at all. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t keep adding depth. With Chris Smith, Carl Nassib and rookie Chad Thomas not providing a ton of confidence behind their starters, Cleveland adds Brian Burns from Florida State.
Tall, but thin, Burns has 13 sacks in his first two seasons and can be a strong pass rusher off the bench for them. He also could help protect against injury as that was an issue in 2017 for both Ogbah and Garrett.
Burns has the ability to one day develop into a force on the edges and working with strong mentors and a great play caller like Gregg Williams will help push that along.
One position completely overhauled by Cleveland this offseason is the cornerback spot. They landed Denzel Ward in the draft and signed E.J. Gaines as their other potential starter in free agency.
Also new is Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie — other free agent additions. With Gaines only on a one-year deal though, the depth could be questioned again soon. They try to keep that from being a problem by taking Blace Brown out of Troy with their second of two picks in the third.
Brown plays at a school with lesser competition, but still has great instincts and could be a potential slot corner.