For the Browns, it has been two steps forward and one step back at the defensive tackle position, a position group that lacked any sort of depth a year ago with a roster constructed by former general manager John Dorsey. This year, Berry made a tremendous effort to upgrade the position by signing Andrew Billings in free agency, then drafting Jordan Elliott in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
However after Billings opted out of the 2020 season due to health concerns, the Browns not only are forced to thrust a bigger role onto Elliott in year-one, but it subtracted their depth at the position by one. Not only was Billings brought in to bolster the depth along the defensive front, but also largely due to the struggles of Larry Ogunjobi a year ago as well; Billings had an opportunity to seize the job from Ogunjobi this summer.
Now, however, Cleveland will have to bank on Ogunjobi, hoping he makes a massive leap in his contract year, and on the young guy in Elliott with a limited rotation after the top-three in Sheldon Richardson, Ogunjobi, and Elliott. With just Eli Ankou and Daniel Ekuale as the next men up, the Browns may look to get a more talented defensive tackle to fill that fourth slot on their defensive front rotation.