Darkhorse: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle
The Browns made a shocking move to get rid of nose tackle Danny Shelton this offseason. It came out of nowhere and the return they got from the New England Patriots was minimal. The only thing to gather from that then is the team is simply content to get some of their younger players on the field.
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A name that immediately comes to mind for that is Larry Ogunjobi, the second-year tackle who performed admirably as a rookie. He seems to have one spot locked down, but the other starting job isn’t as secure. That’s where someone like Caleb Brantley can come in and make some noise.
Originally considered a day two prospect in the draft, Brantley fell down boards due to an allegation of striking a woman. The charges were eventually dropped, but that was after he already slid to the sixth round and was snatched up by the Browns.
Brantley now hopes to capitalize on his potential and Cleveland does as well. He’s a complete player that can stuff the run and rush the passer. If he can put in the work, he could become a name we all get to know very well.
Side note: Brantley was hurt early on in the team’s training camp, so his hopes for this season will lie heavily on his health and availability.