Round 5, Pick 155: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
One move that could end up hurting the Browns depth this season is the trade that landed them Eric Murray. Yes, Murray will pay dividends as a special teamer, but they lost Emmanuel Ogbah in the deal.
Ogbah became expendable with the addition of Olivier Vernon but with him being gone they don’t have a lot of talent behind Vernon and Myles Garrett. This could be an issue given Vernon’s inability to play 16 games over the past couple of seasons.
They do have Chris Smith on the roster and John Dorsey believes in 2018 third-round pick Chad Thomas. However, Smith’s impact was limited last season and Thomas hardly saw the field as a rookie. There are also questions about Thomas’ love for the game as he’s also very involved in a music career.
In order to protect themselves — and add some needed depth — Cleveland grabs Austin Bryant with their second of three picks in the fifth round. Bryant was often overlooked on an incredible Clemson defensive line but put up impressive numbers in his career.
The 271-pound Bryant had 8.5 sacks in both 2017 and 2018 while totaling 95 tackles in that time as well. He isn’t cut out to be a featured pass rusher but when offensive line focuses on the talent around him, he can be very opportunistic.