Linebacker: Adarius Taylor
Lastly, we have Adarius Taylor. Much like the aforementioned Sione Takitaki, Taylor finds himself in the mix at linebacker — which is a position that John Dorsey really emphasized in the offseason. They not only drafted Takitaki in the third, but they also took Mack Wilson out of Alabama in the fifth round.
Those two weren’t the only additions as Taylor was brought in from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Originally looking to be a depth piece, Taylor has already made a name for himself in practices and is working alongside starters Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert.
"“On the final day of minicamp, the three starters when the Browns were in their base defense were Christian Kirksey, Joe Schobert and free-agent pickup Adarius Taylor, who started 10 games for the Bucs last season. But rookies Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson have also impressed the coaching staff.” — Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com"
Taylor as a starter may seem like a surprise given the presence of Genard Avery, who was a great find as a fifth-round pick last season. However, Avery was used near the line of scrimmage a lot more as a rookie, especially when Emmanuel Ogbah was out injured.
There’s still a long time for everything to shake out, but seeing Taylor on the field with the starters in Week 1 doesn’t look all that crazy at this point.