Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
With a lot of talk surrounding players from bigger schools, such as Wilson, Jahlani Tavai may be a sleeper in the linebacker class. He may not have faced top competition, but Tavai was always a force on the field.
Tavai was a starter during all four seasons with Hawaii. In 47 career games, Tavai made 390 total tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, and five passes defensed.
Tavai fits the mold of a do-it-all linebacker. He has experience playing as an inside linebacker and the ability to drop into coverage. But he is also a menacing tackler who can play on the edge and make plays in the backfield.
Several teams may have Tavai graded differently because of the competition he played against. But his ability to play all over the box should be attractive to NFL decision makers and help him get selected on the second day of the draft.
There may be concerns from teams across the league after Tavai was arrested last summer for a third-degree misdemeanor assault. However, Dorsey is not afraid of drafting players with checkered pasts, so he should still be on Cleveland’s board despite the arrest.
Tavai could go in either Round 2 or 3, so it will depend on how high the Browns are on his abilities. If they believe he can be a difference maker on the defense, they may need to use the 49th overall selection to ensure he becomes a Brown.