No. 3 – Elijah Lee, Linebacker
Last season Andrew Berry made a move to bring in special team’s ace, Elijah Lee. The linebacker has been a special team’s standout his entire tenure in Cleveland, but I don’t think he is going to find himself on the final roster this year.
Not because he isn’t talented, but because of the depth of the linebacker room. A guy like Sione Takitaki will also struggle to make this roster, but with the recent injury to Jacob Phillips, he may find a way to squeak in.
The final dagger for Lee was the addition of Tony Fields in the 2021 draft. The athletic linebacker from West Virginia will likely get his shot on the roster and will fill the void on special teams. Fields has been injured for much of camp, but there is little reasoning to believe he can’t cover kicks.
On top of that, the Joe Woods 4-2-5 scheme could lead the Browns to keep one less linebacker and one additional safety. With all the injuries at each position, it will be extremely interesting to see the strategy of the front office.
Lee is another guy that won’t be without a home long. His special teams’ expertise and ability to play inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme (best fit), will make him extremely attractive for someone in the league.