Position No. 2 – Defensive Tackle
I wasn’t thrilled when Berry let Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson walk the last offseason, but I also saw he did have a plan. Malik McDowell and Malik Jackson just haven’t been as good as everyone thought they would be.
Remember, Andrew Billings was released midway through the year and couldn’t even find his way on the field after being an extremely productive player for the Bengals before the 2020 season. He just looked out of shape and could never get his conditioning under control.
Jordan Elliott and Tommy Togiai are both young guys with some potential, but they aren’t ready to take over the workload. With neither McDowell nor Jackson expected to return, the Browns will need to add a couple of options at defensive tackle.
I would be shocked to see a first-round pick used, but don’t be shocked to see a guy taken early to fill the hole. I think Andrew Berry will look to bring in a veteran presence as well as another young guy to round out the group.
Elliott and Togiai are both slightly undersized for the position, so the Browns should be on the lookout for a guy who can move and takes up a lot of space. In the dime scheme with only two linebackers on the field, you must keep them free to make plays in the running game or huge holes will open.