The Browns need linebackers. They only have one on the roster who has been a starter for a full season and that’s second-year linebacker Mack Wilson from Alabama.
While Wilson had a subpar year, it’s likely to be chalked up to playing in a bad scheme on a defense that struggled mightily with middle of the field coverage. Too many times the scheme left the linebackers in no man’s land. Malik Harrison, drafted in the second round, will help immensely. Some mock drafts have Logan Wilson off the board by this point, but a frantic first two days have resulted in Wilson falling into the Browns lap.
Honestly, a linebacker would not be the move here if it wasn’t a player of Wilson’s caliber. He will likely be in contention to be a week one starter and will see a large amount of field time as a rookie. Wilson is an athletic super kid that makes up for some size deficiencies, with an incredible nose for the ball and next-level speed. He was a third-team Associated Press All-American his senior year with a team-leading 104 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Wilson will likely fight Harrison and Goodson for one of the two starting spots open beside Mack Wilson. Wilson is a steal in the third round and Cleveland gets a possible starter for less than the would have paid for a similar caliber free agent.