Sam Monson of PFF released his biggest needs for the AFC North and unsurprisingly said the Cleveland Browns need help in the interior of their defensive line
You don’t have to be an NFL analyst to realize the Cleveland Browns have a need at defensive tackle. Still, even those who spend their days picking apart every snap see that Cleveland needs to do something with the big guys in the middle of their defensive line — unless they want to have another long season.
While there were several issues on the roster in 2022, nothing was more demoralizing than the way the defense was bullied in the run game. Former defensive coordinator Joe Woods said the problem wasn’t the lack of oversized run-stuffers, but ironically enough, the teams that had those guys typically fared better than the Browns.
And according to Sam Monson of PFF, this is the primary area Cleveland needs to focus on before the 2023 campaign kicks off.
It’s not only hard to argue with Monson’s take on the Browns roster, but he’s also spot-on with the rest of the division.
Cincinnati clearly still needs help at offensive tackle even after adding La’el Collins in 2022 and the Ravens continue to struggle at wideout. The Steelers have had good cornerbacks throughout the years, but they’ve fallen off as of late, which is why Monson has this as their primary need.
Cleveland Browns primary needs outside of defensive tackle
As important as it will be to add help on the interior of the line, this is far from the only need in Cleveland.
Right now, they also have to figure out who will start opposite Myles Garrett and could stand to upgrade their free safety position. There’s also going to be a huge hole at linebacker if they don’t re-sign some of their free agents — which include Deion Jones, Sione Takitaki, and Anthony Walker.
As for the offensive side of the ball, they’re solid with starters but could use another No. 3 wide receiver, a No. 2 quarterback, and possibly a potential backup running back, should they not be ready to put this in Jerome Ford’s hands just yet.