5 defensive prospects Cleveland Browns are scouting at Senior Bowl

Wisconsin nose tackle Keeanu Benton
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Oct 16, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers nose tackle Keeanu Benton (95) celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Army Black Knights during the fourth quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns scouting No. 2: Keeanu Benton, DL, Wisconsin

It’s been reported this week that Keeanu Benton from Wisconsin is on the Pittsburgh Steelers radar and if the Steelers like a player the Browns would be smart to follow suit.

Cleveland is lacking some solid talent on the defensive line, especially on the interior. Benton could be a difference-maker for them should he be selected. He’s good at getting into the backfield while bulldozing his opponents but can also take away the run by filling in the gaps with his excellent footwork.

He’s having a great Senior Bowl week and many teams are actively talking to him.

Benton is a nose tackle in every sense of the word and is outstanding against the run. He does a lot of the dirty work as well, which frees up the playmakers to do their thing.

Cleveland Browns scouting No. 1: Dylan Horton, DE, TCU

How often do you hear a story of a defensive lineman, who began his college career being recruited first as a safety?

You don’t so when I saw that nugget of information, that definitely caught my attention. Dylan Horton first played at New Mexico before heading to TCU. He now has become a beast as a defensive lineman after putting on another 70 to 80 pounds.

He finished his career at TCU with an outstanding senior season where he finished with 10.5 sacks, 51 tackles, four pass deflections, and one forced fumble. He was a human highlight-reel in the semifinal game of the college playoffs against the Michigan Wolverines when he recorded four sacks al, and one.

His 6-foot-4 frame and 250 lbs. along with his versatility and hard-working approach when he attacks the offensive linemen could be just what the Browns need more of to build up their line.