The Cleveland Browns continue to fill holes and take from the LSU Tigers as they draft linebacker Jacob Phillips 97th overall
The Cleveland Browns without a doubt have had a plan the whole draft, and it has gone very smooth to say the least. Through all the trades, they have gotten their guy just about every time.
With the 97th pick, the Browns filled yet another hole on defense and selected Jacob Phillips.
Phillips, out of LSU, ran a 4.66 40-yard dash, had a 39-inch broad jump, and also had a 4.33 20 yard shuttle. Phillips was a leader on the LSU defense, something the Browns definitely need with the departure of Joe Schobert.
In 2019 at LSU, Phillips totaled 113 tackles and had one sack on the year. While the numbers may not be over the top, the production is without a doubt still there.
One thing that circles Phillips throughout his college days at LSU: inconsistency. If Phillips can start to bring the same production day in and day out, he could be a solid third round pickup for the Browns.
With the addition of B.J Goodson this offseason to this Browns defense, look for Goodson to get most of the reps to start the season and then see how Phillips develops in the league. There were a lot of questions surrounding Malik Harrison as he was still available at pick 97, but the Browns believe they got their guy.
Again, the Browns draft another LSU guy with this selection, as well as another hole on the defensive side of the ball.
With all of the weapons the Bengals and Ravens have added so far in the draft, it appears the AFC North is going to be a shootout.