Cleveland Browns position to upgrade No. 2 – Defensive Tackle
Malik McDowell likely sealed his fate with an arrest earlier in the week, but I think defensive tackle was going to be a huge focus this offseason even before that happened. Tommy Togiai and Jordan Elliott are both young and talented guys, but neither really lived up to the expectations in 2021.
The only thing I struggle with is taking a defensive tackle in the first round. Let’s think back to Phil Taylor and Danny Shelton. Both were okay players for the Cleveland Browns, but neither really lived up to expectations.
However, there are two guys in this draft that will likely have first-round grades at the position, and both won a national title with the Georgia Bulldogs. 6-foot-6, 360-pound Jordan Davis, appears to be one of a kind. A guy who is athletic enough to collapse a pocket, and big enough to not be moved in the run game.
I love this kid’s game, but I will admit I’m afraid he just can’t play enough snaps to be an impact player. I focused on him a lot in the two College Football Playoff games, and he was on the sidelines a lot catching air.
The guy that won’t be rated as high but maybe a better player is Devonte Wyatt. He’s a much better athlete but doesn’t have near the size of a guy like Davis. He will be a far more effective pass-rusher, but not as dominant in the run game early in his career.
Here is the dilemma, Davis is exactly what this team needs and Wyatt fits a profile similar to Elliott and Togiai who were already asked to play out of position last year.
If Berry drafts a guy like Davis and can allow Togiai and Elliott to play the three-technique, this defensive line could be electric assume you can re-sign Clowney.