Cleveland Browns key player No. 5 to draft: Damone Clark, LB, LSU
The Browns linebacker room has been a part of the team that has lacked the best players on the team, in terms of speed and agility, and raw talent. Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah might have changed that image a bit this past season with his outstanding efforts.
The news of the Browns swapping linebackers when they sent Mack Wilson to New England for Chase Winovich was a good lateral move. Cleveland may also lose free-agent linebacker Anthony Walker on the open market.
So the need is still there to draft a linebacker. The Browns might be able to pick Damone Clark up out of LSU in a later round, but he’s considered a tackling machine and has been moving up draft boards quickly.
He stands at 6’3 and at the recent NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. His vertical and broad jump were also in the top tier of linebacker performances. While playing at LSU he was dominating and tackling anything that moved. He recorded 135 tackles in his last season, including 15 for losses.
Clark had 10 sacks in his career. In three seasons as a starter in only 25 games, he had 249 tackles, a nice 10 tackles a game average.
He has a nose for the ball and the Browns need more of that with their linebacker crew.
We’ll just have to wait and see where many of these players land in the draft. The Browns will be making more moves as we speak. If Cleveland were to grab any of these gifted players in the draft it should be deemed a success.
The Browns aren’t done with their wheeling and dealing yet either in this offseason so stay close to your phones and wait for that latest notification that says, “The Cleveland Browns have just…”
The suspense has many of us pulling our hair out. Stay tuned!