1. Mack Wilson, Linebacker
The weakest spot on the Browns defense in 2020 was easily the linebacker spot. They entered the year with several young players who had yet to really prove themselves.
Mack Wilson, who was a fifth-round pick in 2019, was the vocal leader of the group and he had no problem speaking up and saying they would prove the doubters wrong. Unfortunately, he started things out in the worst way possible as he suffered a knee injury in camp. Originally it looked to be season-ending which would have really made their linebacking corps even worse, but he fought back and somehow only missed three games.
Even though he did make it back, it was clear that Wilson was slowed down early on due to the injury. He ended up starting only eight games and saw the majority of his numbers suffer because of that.
Fast forward to 2021 and Andrew Berry has made some changes to the roster at linebacker. He signed former Indianapolis Colts starter Anthony Walker in free agency and then drafted Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah out of Notre Dame and Tony Fields II from West Virginia.
Add to that the hopeful ascension of 2020 third-round pick Jacob Phillips and Wilson is in a tough spot. That doesn’t mean the Browns will cut him outright but they could elect to see what his value is on the trading block.
Wilson is a young player with plenty of traits to admire, which means a team out there could be willing to part with a draft pick in order to land a player with plenty of starts already under his belt