Cleveland Browns: 5 long shots who could make the 2021 roster

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Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson, left, chats with teammate Anthony Walker Jr. on the sideline during an NFL Football OTA, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Berea, Ohio.

5 long-shot Cleveland Browns players who could make the final 2021 roster

The Cleveland Browns have one of the most talented rosters in the entire NFL.

That means there aren’t a ton of spots up for grabs, but training camp will still be competitive for the players on the bubble.

Here are five long-shots who have at least a chance to claim one of the final slots.

5. Mack Wilson

Wilson may have played a high number of snaps for the Browns over the past two seasons, but that was neither according to plan nor good for the defense. Wilson has consistently graded out as one of the worst linebackers in the league. He has a good deal of talent, which he’ll flash every once in a while, but his ability in the mental side of the game just has not developed nearly as much as it has needed to.

He now faces a nearly impossible hill to climb in order to make the roster, as the Browns are intentionally relying less on the LB position, and they have too many on the roster. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Jacob Phillips, and Anthony Walker are locks.

Tony Fields II, Malcolm Smith, and Sione Takitaki are likely to make it. That gives Cleveland six LBs, and it’s unlikely they’ll make use of all of them. Perhaps Wilson could beat out a member of the second group, but that would require a massive leap forward in camp and the preseason. It’s not impossible, but it would be a surprise. Never say never, though.

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