4 Cleveland Browns in second season under pressure after 2022 NFL Draft

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Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) is slowed down by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Tommy Togiai (93) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns player No. 2 with pressure on in Year 2: Tommy Togiai

Tommy Togiaim, a former Ohio State Buckeye, who was drafted by Cleveland in the 4th round a year ago had a few nice moments toward the end of the season playing at defensive tackle. He finished with 16 tackles on the season. The Browns certainly had their struggles in stopping the run a year ago but Togiai seemed to improve from the first few games he played in.

Now the team has gone out and drafted Perrion Winfrey, the big 6-5 300-pound tackle from Oklahoma. The Browns currently have Sheldon Day and Jordan Elliott returning. They also are bringing in free agent Taven Bryan over from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cleveland will likely still add a free agent player or two at the defensive tackle spot as well. So, the former Buckeye will have to bring his “A” game this offseason. I expect to see him do well but the second season, when you have more pressure to do well will certainly play on Togiai as he tries to make that final roster.

Cleveland Browns player No. 1 with pressure on in Year 2: James Hudson

James Hudson, an offensive tackle from the University of Cincinnati, started four games a year ago for an often depleted offensive line. He showed moments of good skill but also had many moments of miscues. If he has a good training camp I’d expect Hudson to be one of the regulars on the line but he could feel the pressure to improve from last season and could continue to falter.

In addition to Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills, they will also have Alex Taylor returning and have brought in Elijah Nkansah, who’s had stints with a variety of NFL teams and their practice squads including the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.

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All these second-year players will have enormous pressure this next season. All of these players had nice moments and contributed to the team’s successes but all four of these guys could be released in the end because of the new free agents and newly drafted players that will give them new competition.