5 defensive possibilities for Browns in 2023 NFL Draft
Browns draft possibility No. 1: Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army
Myles Garrett continues to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and on Sunday, he recorded another 1.5 sacks. That means he now has 15 on the season. That’s one shy of his personal best of 16, which he recorded last season.
They also have high hopes for 2022 third-round pick Alex Wright. So far, he hasn’t recorded a sack in the NFL but he has 25 tackles with five passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-5, 267-pounder might be asked to start as early as next season with Jadeveon Clowney set for free agency again.
No matter how they feel about Wright, or even if they bring Clowney back, the Browns need more depth. They thought they had that this season but Clowney and Chase Winovich each missed time, again showing the need for more talent on the edge.
If they decide to go for another defensive end in the early part of the draft, Andre Carter II from Army would be an excellent addition. Carter fits the mold this team has on the edge at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds. He didn’t get many offers out of High School but he wound up making a name for himself at West Point and should continue his career at the next level.
Carter checks all the boxes with speed, power, and raw talent. However, he’s still developing as a player which is why he could be there in the second round.
Playing him alongside Garrett would give him a consummate professional to learn from as he tries to become a fixture on the Cleveland defensive line.