Defensive Line (9): Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon, Chris Smith, Chad Thomas, Devaroe Lawrence, Trevon Coley, Anthony Zettel
As bad as the offensive line looked for the Browns, the defensive line was the exact opposite. All four of their starters were on the field and they were nasty. Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon were each able to get into the backfield with ease, and Vernon even had two sacks. Sheldon Richardson also showed out, recording two tackles for a loss and a sack as he showed why John Dorsey was willing to give him the mammoth free-agent deal he did.
Also providing some pressure was Larry Ogunjobi, who rounds out the starting line. Ogunjobi is the least heralded member of the line but did have a breakout campaign a season ago. Pairing him and Richardson now turned a weakness into a position of strength.
Cleveland also found some depth on the interior of the line as Devaroe Lawrence started to shine for them in recent weeks. Friday was his best performance yet, as he also had two sacks. In addition to him, the Browns have Trevon Coley, who has plenty of starting experience and is a much better depth piece than he gets credit for.
As for the reserve edge rushers, Chris Smith and Chad Thomas get the nod there. Smith has looked explosive this preseason and could provide some important snaps. Thomas was a third-round pick in 2018 and started to come on strong this year but a neck injury has slowed him down. He should still be ready to go early on this season — or at least that’s the hope.
The final spot belongs to Anthony Zettel, who can play on the edge and inside. His versatility is the key reason he beats out a few of the other options.