4 Cleveland Browns we can safely call busts

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1. Jacob Phillips, LB

Cleveland has a type in the draft, and that type is often LSU players. They again took a member of the Tigers in 2020 when Jacob Phillips was added in Round 3. While Patrick Queen was the big name in that draft class, Phillips was the one who racked up the sacks in 2019 for the NCAA Champs.

The Browns hoped they had yet another steal on their hands but unfortunately didn't get to see much of what Phillips had to offer during his rookie season. He missed six games due to a knee injury as well as a stint with COVID.

Then in 2021, a biceps injury sent him to the injured reserve and he was able to play in just four games. Each time he was hurt, the hype would grow in regard to what he could do when he returned. Phillips, who has all the athletic talent in the world, would shine in camp, practices, and the preseason.

The same was true in 2022 and ahe had a career-high 46 tackles and two sacks. But again, he was gone for the majority of the year. This time, Phillips suffered a pectoral injury and missed the final 10 games of the year.

With a new defensive coordinator, Phillips could be in danger of falling out of favor. And right now, it feels as though that's a likely scenario.

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