4 Cleveland Browns who surprisingly won’t make the Week 1 roster in 2022

Browns, Jordan Elliott. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) with pressure from Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (90). The Jets defeat the Browns, 23-16, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in East Rutherford. /

No. 1 Cleveland Browns DT, Jordan Elliott

My biggest question for the Cleveland Browns roster right now is at defensive tackle. That is assuming Andrew Berry can close the deal with Jadeveon Clowney. I’m still unsure of what this team is doing. They have five players at a position that are all pass rushers, and none are even above average at plugging up the run.

I get it, stopping the inside dive is no longer as big of a deal for teams, but after last year giving up so many chunk plays up the beginning, I would think this team would want to do something.

Just because of age, contract, and potential, I see Jordan Elliott being the odd man out. There is no doubt that Perrion Winfrey is going to get a shot, Berry just brought in Taven Bryan, and Tommy Togiai showed a lot of promise in his rookie campaign.

I like Elliott and he would definitely get a shot on another team, but Berry has to bring in a bigger guy to play the five-technique and at least give these linebackers a chance to stop the interior running game.

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These 10 seconds, the Cleveland Browns have a ton of depth at defensive tackle, but it’s full of adequate guys who are good at passing the rusher. They need to be able to diversify.