Cleveland Browns: 3 Players to replace Larry Ogunjobi
1. Dalvin Tomlinson
Out of all the players listed here, Dalvin Tomlinson could prove to be the most expensive. A product of Alabama, Tomlinson was drafted in the second round back in 2017 by the New York Giants. He moved back and forth from defensive tackle to defensive end in the Giants’ three-man front before settling in as the nose tackle in 2019 and 2020.
Tomlinson has been a starter since entering the league and has also proven to be one of the most consistent players at his position. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 318-pounds, he’s a load in the middle of the line and can clog up running lanes.
He also has a good burst off the line of scrimmage when it comes to rushing the passer. He’s developed more in this area of his game, registering seven sacks and 28 quarterback pressures over the past two seasons.
Adding him would be interesting since it would mean he could make Andrew Billings expendable. Cleveland signed Billings last year to a one-year contract hoping he would be the one-technique while Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi split reps. That never happened though as Billings opted out of the season, leaving Ogunjobi to play next to Richardson — which was not his ideal spot.
Tomlinson would give the Browns a legit one-technique and that could make all the difference in the world when it comes to run defense. He also has the ability to pressure the quarterback, meaning he could stay on the field in passing situations if defensive coordinator Joe Woods saw fit.
Clearly, it would be a costly signing but it would also make quite the positive impact.