Round 5, Pick 155: Gary Johnson, LB, Texas
At 6-foot and 226-pounds, Gary Johnson is undersized for the linebacker position in the NFL. What he lacks in size though, he makes up for in speed. Johnson ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. That speed and his energy will make him a weapon on special teams, but he needs to be more refined in order to make it onto the field as a part of the defensive rotation.
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The biggest area he will need help is his work in space. Johnson struggled with some of the spread offenses, which is becoming a norm in the NFL. He overcame that to the tune of 90 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season which shows he has the talent — the question is whether or not he can become consistent enough to make an impact.
Round 5, Pick 170: Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
The Browns didn’t have a true back up center in 2018 after cutting Austin Reiter. With their last of three fifth-round picks, they shore that up by taking Lamont Gaillard out of Georgia. A three-year starter for a talented SEC team, Gaillard showed smarts as he made calls for the Bulldogs line.
Gaillard also plays with a bit of a mean streak, which can be contagious on an offensive line. This could end up being a great pick as there’s potential for him to be a starter down the line should he keep refining his game.