5 Ohio-based prospects Cleveland Browns should consider in the draft
1. Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
There is something to be said for players who come into the NFL with a lot of experience in college and that is the case with Malik Harrison who played in 39 games at Ohio State despite being behind linebackers who are in the league.
Through all of that talent, he found his way on the field, despite being just a three-star recruit coming out of high school he improved his game every year. He finished his career with 205 tackles and ten sacks.
He had a huge senior year in 2019 once he became a full-time starter, he had 75 tackles, four and a half sacks, and four pass break-ups. He knows how to get to the quarterback on blitz’, he recorded a sack all four years.
He has good size at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds and also ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the combine. He has good speed sideline to sideline and is strong enough to shed blockers. He could be more fluid in coverage and his eyes can take him out of the play at times and he occasionally reacts slowly to the play.
Linebacker is a position the Browns need to improve after they had the 30th ranked rush defense in 2019 and just let their best linebacker Joe Schobert test free agency. Harrison is somebody to take a flyer on later in the draft, maybe the second or third day. He is ranked 107th overall and seventh at his position according to CBS Sports.
If Cleveland picks him he will compete with Mack Wilson and Sionne Takitaki for a starting job. If he can improve in pass coverage he would have a good chance at winning that battle.