NFL Combine: 3 Defensive linemen the Cleveland Browns should monitor
No. 1: TuliTuipulotu, USC
Tuli Tuipulotu from USC has been known to line up all over the defensive line. He has been used as an edge rusher but can shift to the inside and play against the bigger offensive lineman with his 6-foot-4 and 290-pound frame.
He was the winner of the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award this season after recording 13.5 sacks and collecting 22 tackles for a loss. He also had three pass deflections and forced two fumbles for the Trojans.
His versatility in a new Cleveland Browns defense under the guidance of new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz seems like a match made in heaven. To be able to use Tuipulota in a variety of spots along the line good be an attractive bonus if the team were to draft him. He's projected to be drafted anywhere from the late first round through the second to the third round.
In addition to the prospects we've reviewed, there are several other very talented defensive linemen to consider at the combine this week as well. That includes Zach Pickens of South Carolina, Isaiah McGuire of Missouri, Zach Harrison of Ohio State, and Keeanu Benton of Wisconsin, who has been a favorite for many who are studying prospects that would fit in Cleveland.