The Cleveland Browns have had a good start to the offseason but they have left a glaring hole in the middle of their defense.
Cleveland Browns including Jack Conklin and Austin Hooper who really addressed positions of need. They also added Case Keenum as a veteran back up quarterback, something else they didn’t have in 2019.
But not all of their additions came on offense as they signed a couple of safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo as well as Kevin Johnson in the secondary. Safety was a big need and both of Cleveland’s starting cornerbacks missed games last year with injuries so Johnson provides depth at that position.
Andrew Billings is an underrated signing on the defensive line as well but the depth chart has a gap in the middle, linebacker.
The only returning starting linebacker from 2019 is Mack Wilson who will only be going into his second season. Sione Takitaki and Tae Davis are listed as backups and aren’t reliable options unless they improve. The Browns did sign B.J. Goodson in free agency but he has never been a full-time starter either.
Cleveland likely won’t trade up to draft Clemson’s Isiah Simmons but if he drops to No. 10, he would be hard to pass up on despite the need for a left tackle. So if they can’t get Simmons they will likely have to add a veteran in free agency.
Although most of the top talent has agreed to contracts already there are still some good linebackers available that probably won’t command that much money. If Cleveland can’t sign one of these players, linebacker could be an issue in 2020.