The Cleveland Browns will work out an Ohio State product
The Cleveland Browns lost some of their defensive line depth before their 2020 training camp even began as Andrew Billings decided to opt-out due to COVID-19 concerns. Billings had yet to even play for Cleveland, signing this offseason after spending the first four years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
A product of Baylor, Billings looked poised to start at the nose tackle next to Sheldon Richardson while also rotating with Larry Ogunjobi. With him out, Ogunjobi will be the starter and Cleveland will rely more heavily on rookie Jordan Elliott.
However, behind Elliott, there’s not a lot of depth to speak of. For that reason, the Browns seem ready to look for more talent as they’re apparently going to give former Ohio State defensive tackle Robert Landers a tryout.
Landers posted a photo of himself in Browns’ gear on his Instagram account and the image was shared by Dan Hope, who covered the Buckeyes.
Landers won’t be an exact replacement for Billings since he’s not truly a nose tackle. Listed at 285-pounds, he’s built like more of a three-technique but there’s still plenty of room for depth on this roster — making Cleveland an ideal place for someone such as Landers to try and make it in the NFL.
In four seasons at OSU (he was there for five seasons but redshirted in 2015), Landers had 65 tackles, 24.5 of which went for a loss, and 2.5 sacks. He went undrafted and this is apparently the first official workout he will be receiving.