Cleveland Browns 2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive Tackles
Ed Oliver, Houston
This should be obvious. Not just the best interior defensive lineman, not just the best defensive player in general but possibly the best overall player in the entire draft. Period.
There’s a reason why Ed Oliver has been compared to Aaron Donald — He’s dominant. The two-time All-American has an impressive career total of 13.5 sacks, which is great for defensive tackles but an absolutely ridiculous 53 tackles for loss. He’s been essentially unblockable.
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Cleveland may have won their way out of reach for Ed Oliver, but hopefully, GM Jon Dorsey has some more moves. This would be the pick that would put Cleveland over the top defensively. If you really need more motivation for this player, imagine a front four consisting of Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah on the outside and Ed Oliver and Larry Ogunjobi on the interior.
Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Aside from Oliver, players like Quinnen Williams, Dexter Lawrence or even Derrick Brown have been placed above the other three-time All-American on here.
Christian Wilkins shocked everyone last year when he decided to come back for his senior season. He was an almost lock for a first round pick but decided to come back for another shot at the National Championship.
Scouts love his strength and big-play ability, with 15.5 sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss in his career. Personally, I love his intelligence which showed off the field as well, graduating in just over two years with a 3.3 GPA. You want players like this on your team.
Obviously, having the front four I mentioned previously would be amazing but Christian Wilkins is a player that the Browns could snatch up and not have to give away assets for. A player who’s ceiling can be just as high as Ed Oliver and make the Browns defensive line unstoppable.