3. Solomon Ajayi, LB, Liberty
There were some big changes to the linebacker corps for the Cleveland Browns this offseason as two of the bigger names on defense were allowed to leave. Christian Kirksey, the longest-tenured player on the team along with guard Joel Bitonio, was released and joined the Green Bay Packers.
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Then there was Joe Schobert, the team’s perennial leading tackler. While Cleveland surely wanted him back, Schobert outplayed the contract the Browns were willing to pay and he landed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. With them gone, Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki, and rookie Jacob Phillips. Behind them is veteran B.J. Goodson and second-year player Willie Harvey who was an undrafted find in 2019.
With the lack of great depth comes a lot of competition which could be a good thing for someone such as Solomon Ajayi who was added as a free agent out of Liberty. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 235-pounds, Ajayi recorded 165 tackles, 9.5 of which went for a loss, and two interceptions.
Ajayi does have some NFL bloodlines, being the younger brother of former Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi. He has a long road ahead of him, as do most undrafted free agents.
However, given the Browns turnover at the position and his combination of speed and power, there’s a chance he could find himself making it hard for the Browns to give him a pink slip as the 53-man roster cuts come across.