Cleveland Browns replacement No. 3: Lorenzo Carter
A former Georgia standout, Lorenzo Carter was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent the past four seasons with the team that selected him and in the past three years, he has been a primary starter on the edge.
Listed as an outside linebacker in the Giants 3-4 scheme, Carter has registered 14.5 sacks in four years with 2021 being his most productive campaign in that regard. Coming off an injury-plagued third season, Carter recorded a career-high in both tackles with 50 and sacks with five.
The question, should Cleveland be interested, is whether or not he can play consistently with his hand in the dirt. The Browns had a similar situation recently when they added Olivier Vernon ahead of the 2019 season.
Vernon was also a pass-rushing linebacker in the Giants scheme and was traded to the Browns in the same offseason they landed Odell Beckham, Jr. Vernon was able to make the transition and had nine sacks in 2020 for Cleveland.
Of course, Vernon was built with more muscle at 6-foot-2 and 262-pounds, but the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Carter has length on his side and should be able to make the transition as well.