5 Defensive standouts from the NFL Scouting Combine the Cleveland Browns should go after

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Yaya Diaby, Browns
Mar 2, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville defensive lineman Yaya Diaby (DL26) participates in / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3: Yaya Diaby, DL, Louisville

Yaya Diaby is fast and he was one of the edge rushers that was getting a lot of praise for his combine workout this week. He's listed at 6'4 and 265 pounds and showed fluidness in his 4.51 40-yard dash results.

The burst he showed in his first few strides was what caught many by surprise. His 10-yard split was 1.56 seconds. He followed his speedy performance up with a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump.

Diaby had a good senior season at Louisville where he finished second in the ACC conference with nine sacks and seventh in tackles for losses with 14. He also had two pass deflections and recovered two fumbles. He had a game early in the season against Florida State where a tallied seven tackles, three for losses, and had two sacks.

He followed that up a few weeks later with a five-tackle game, including 2.5 for loss in a winning effort against Pittsburgh. He topped off his time at Louisville with a win against Cincinnati where contributed four tackles, 2.5 for losses, and 1.5 sacks.

Diaby would definitely be a work in progress for a team like the Browns but if the team were to select him in the draft, having him learn the edge rushing game more from a veteran defensive coordinator like Jim Schwartz and a player like Myles Garrett might be an intriguing move. Diaby might not be expected to be a starter for a while, but he could be a big pick and a potential star in the league over time.