2. Darron Lee, Linebacker
Cleveland made a lot of changes to their linebacker corps this offseason. Last year, they had some solid players with Christian Kirksey, Joe Schobert, and Genard Avery looking to be the starting three. In addition to them, the Browns had third-round pick Sione Takitaki and fifth-round pick Mack Wilson.
Now, things look much different. Avery was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles during the season, Kirksey was released and signed with the Green Bay Packers, and Schobert wasn’t re-signed and ended up with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That leaves Wilson and Takitaki as the primary two linebackers with free-agent signing B.J. Goodson in the mix as well. Wilson played a lot last season but Takitaki was primarily a special teams player and Goodson has never been a full-time starter.
With all that being said, the Browns could look to add another player and one who could be a bargain is Darron Lee. A former Ohio State star, Lee was the 20th overall pick in 2016 for the New York Jets. He started 36 games in his first three seasons with the Jets and had his share of success with 241 tackles, four sacks, and three picks in his time with Gang Green.
However, he never lived up to his draft status and was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last year for a sixth-round pick. He ended up with just 31 tackles while playing a reserve role and won a Super Bowl. Now looking for a new home, he could benefit from a return to his home state.
Lee would be the most accomplished linebacker in Cleveland if signed and could be motivated to prove he’s not a bust. That could make this a move worth looking in to.