4. What about linebacker?
The Browns were dealt a blow when Mack Wilson went down with his hyperextended knee. There are those who criticize Wilson, but he really played well for a fifth-round rookie last season and was expected to take a leap this year. He had started to do that as an emotional leader of the defense, but unfortunately, we may not be able to see him play at all this year.
As for who will step up now, that’s the big question. The Browns have B.J. Goodson, who is the most experienced member of the linebacker corps right now, as well as a second-year player Sione Takitaki, and rookie third-round pick Jacob Phillips.
There’s also a Willie Harvey Junior, who was a draft last year at Iowa State, but he has not had much time on the field yet either. The Browns could be looking to add somebody in recent Lee brought in Malcolm Smith, a former Super Bowl MVP, for a visit.
Making a trade is another possibility but given how little emphasis general manager Andrew Berry and defensive coordinator Joe Woods seem to put on the position, their top options have likely already been mentioned. Before camp is out, they’re going to have to figure out this rotation and decide who gives them the best chance to compete.