NFL Combine: 3 Defensive linemen the Cleveland Browns should monitor
The Cleveland Browns and the rest of the NFL will have eyes on the NFL combine this week and here are three defensive line prospects for the team to consider
The NFL Combine is this week and the Cleveland Browns will be studying and analyzing every detail in putting together their draft board. There will be over 300 of the very best collegiate prospects participating in the various activities. There will be those surprises that everyone will be talking about this week so buckle up and enjoy the overanalyzing.
For the Browns, there are several areas that are more pressing in needing to get fixed going into the 2023 season. One of those areas is on the defensive side of the ball, particularly the defensive line. Let's take a look at three linemen that could be on their radar as we move through the combine this week.
3 Defensive linemen Browns should monitor at the Combine
No. 3: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State
Felix Anudike-Uzomah is considered to be one of the better edge rushers in this year's draft. Most projections have the Kansas State product going anywhere from the end of the first round through the second round. The Browns have an early second-round pick, so Uzomah could be in play come draft weekend.
Cleveland will likely need to fill the void left by veteran Jadeveon Clowney, who will be moving on in free agency. The Browns drafted a couple of defensive ends a year ago, including Alex Wright, but adding a powerful player like Anudike-Uzomah could be what they need to round out the edge position.
The K-State product is an imposing 6-foot-4, 260-pound athlete with power and speed at the position and has a motor that never stops. In the last two seasons in Manhatten Kansas, he helped the Wildcats tremendously. He recorded 96 tackles and 25. 5 of them for losses. He also tallied 19. 5 sacks in this time frame.
An example of his ability to take over in games was on display this past season against Texas Tech where he recorded six tackles and had three sacks and forced a fumble to boot.