Saturday was defensive linemen day at the NFL combine and this is a fast talented class. Besides wide receiver, the defensive line needs roster additions, whether the additions are made in the draft or free agency. Browns GM Andrew Berry has targeted positions of need the last two years and has addressed them aggressively. Even if the Browns re-sign Jadeveon Clowney or a high-profile free agent, the Browns still need to draft at least two edge rushers and two defensive tackles to groom for the future. The current rumor is the Browns will be very aggressive in the free agency WR market, so what if Berry feels the defensive line is more important in the draft or a great player in that position group falls to pick thirteen? Draft value will always supersede draft need. These are the players I like starting with the edge rushers.
Jermaine Johnson. Made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl. Can play both in a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense. Great hands, lateral movement and is flexible to get around offensive tackles. In the run game, he sets the edge firmly can play well in space.
George Karlaftis. A 4-3 defensive end with a great first step. Great hands and makes up for his length with a long list of pass rush moves. A tireless disruptive force in the run game.
Travon Walker. Can play anywhere across a defensive front. Has strong powerful hands and an extremely quick first step. He can play inside or outside against the run and has great lateral movement.
Logan Hall. Another player who had a great Senior Bowl week. Can play inside or outside. Has an explosive first step. Has good lateral movement, has strong hands and is a good run defender.
Would Andrew Berry draft a defensive tackle with the thirteenth pick? I doubt it. But there are a few very talented players who might make him think about it. Here’s who I like.
Devonte Wyatt. A three-down lineman who has a quick first step. He’s a good run defender who can hold his own at the point of attack. Has good hands and has the power to push back offensive linemen. Great lateral movement.
Jordan Davis. He can play multiple positions in a 4.3 defensive scheme. Has good first step strength and good lateral movement. The best interior run defender in the country last year because he spots the ball quickly.
Perrion Winfrey. Another player who made the most of Senior Bowl week. He can penetrate gaps with his first-step quickness and disrupt plays. Has powerful hands at the point of attack and because of his quick first step has good lateral movement.
Travis Jones. More of a second-day pick but is moving up the draft boards quickly because he’s an outstanding run defender. He can push the pocket from the interior on passing downs. Surprisingly great lateral movement for his size. Has very active hands.
I would be very surprised if the Browns drafted a defensive lineman with the thirteenth pick. I may change my mind after free agency starts. The one thing I do know, GM Andrew Berry is determined to fix the roster, whether it be in the passing game or the defensive front. When the combine ends on Monday, the trade and free agency rumor mill begins.