The Cleveland Browns defensive tackles are pretty stout. They have Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi, and Andrew Billings as veteran options and 2020 third-round pick Jordan Phillips as their young player to develop. Last season, Richardson and Ogunjobi each proved they could rush the passer but their struggles to shut down the run led to the addition of Billings, who signed a one-year $3.5 million deal in the offseason.
Billings and Ogunjobi are each set to be free agents next season meaning there’s a chance the Browns could be once again looking to add depth here. With that being the case, they take Jordan Williams from Clemson.
A 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, Williams worked behind some big names for the Tigers and is looking to make a name for himself this season. He’s a powerful player with long arms that can clog up running lanes, something the Cleveland defensive line can use more of.
Nick Chubb has become one of the best in the business and Kareem Hunt is easily the most talented No. 2 running back in the NFL. However, Hunt will probably be gone in 2021 as he hits free agency — and if he has a good season with no off-field issues, someone will pay him more than the Browns will.
In need of a replacement, Cleveland adds Journey Brown from Penn State. After running for 12 touchdowns and 890 yards as a senior, Brown proved he can get the job done as the feature back. What really stands out for Cleveland though, is his explosiveness.
Brown is lightning fast, which makes him an excellent complement to someone such as Nick Chubb, who frustrates defenses with his powerful running style.