4. DT Taven Bryan
Bryan has been a rumored trade target for the Browns over the past few seasons, and that’s probably because Cleveland’s defensive tackle room hasn’t been very good. Bryan was a first-round pick in 2018 thanks to his truly elite athletic traits, but he hasn’t been able to do much in the NFL. He still has those rare gifts, and perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs.
The Browns have a very crowded DT corps at the moment, but only Andrew Billings and Malik Jackson have proven anything as pros, and they’re both on one-year contracts. Tommy Togiai, Jordan Elliott, Malik McDowell, and Marvin Wilson are all talented, but again, unproven. Veterans Sheldon Day and Damion Square, originally thought to be simply camp bodies, have found themselves logging meaningful snaps with the first and second units.
Bryan may not have come anywhere close to reaching his potential, but he does have a good deal of NFL experience, something that cannot be said for most of Cleveland’s DTs. Perhaps the team will value that, and if Bryan is available for very cheap (he’s on the final year of his rookie deal), maybe he’s a player they’d like to take a chance on.