The Cleveland Browns head into their 2022 training camp very young and inexperienced on the interior of the defensive line. Gone are last seasons starters Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell as well as reserve Andrew Billings.
They did add two more to the room signing a free agent in Taven Bryan and drafting Perrion Winfrey in the 4th round. They recently re-signed Jadeveon Clowney to shore up the outside of the line. Could they use another body to shore up the interior? Let's take a look at what they currently have and who is still available.
The Browns drafted Elliott in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft out of Missouri. He has appeared in 32 games (4 starts) in his two seasons in Cleveland recording 41 tackles and 0.5 sacks. Elliott has yet to see consistent playing time but that could change in 2022. This could be a make or break season for Elliott in Cleveland. He is currently projected to start if things stay status quo with the DT room.
Cleveland signed Bryan to a 1-year deal worth up to $5M with incentives for 2022. The former Jaguar spent his first four seasons in Jacksonville after they picked him in the 1st round (29th) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Last season he had 15 tackles and 2 sacks in 15 games. For his career he has 5.5 sacks in 63 games (17 starts). He has yet to live up to the potential he showed coming out of Florida. As of right now he looks to be the starter heading into camp along side Elliott.
Togiai was drafted by the Browns in the 4th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He did not show much in 2021 appearing in only 6 games recording 16 tackles and 0.5 sacks. The Ohio State product should get an opportunity to show what he can do in 2022 in a rotation role.
The interior lineman who Browns fans are most excited about is 2022 4th round pick Perrion Winfrey out of Oklahoma. He won over a lot of fans with his post draft interviews and social media videos. Winfrey has a motor that never stops and plays aggressive. He has 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss last season with the Sooners. The Browns are very high on his potential and considered him a steal in the 4th round of this draft.
Veteran Sheldon Day returns to the Browns after appearing in 7 games in 2021 including 1 start. He accumulated 21 tackles, 1 sack and 2 deflected passes. The 6-year veteran is not flashy but always seems to be productive when he is on the field. If no other additions are made Day could push for a starting spot.
Logan was signed as an undrafted free agent out of LSU following the 2022 NFL Draft. The Browns gave him $60,000 of guaranteed money. The 4-star prospect finished his collegiate career at LSU with 109 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks. The Browns opened 2021 with 5 tackles on the roster and if they do so again Logan could be a practice squad candidate.
Perry was also signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois following the 2022 NFL Draft. He was a All-Big Ten honorable mention last season with 26 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks in 11 games for the Illini. Perry is a long shot to make the Browns roster but could be a practice squad candidate.
So who is left on the free agent market?
There have been rumors of a mutual interest between the Browns and 34-year old Ndamukong Suh who has 27 tackles and 6 sacks for the Super Bowl champion Rams in 2021. It appears those rumors have cooled do to Suh's asking price but could heat up again the longer he stays on the market.
Former 2nd round pick Eddie Goldman spent his first 7 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He only has 13 career sacks but his primary job has been a run stuffing nose tackle.
Another run stuffing nose tackle on the market is former Raven Brandon Williams who spent his first 9 seasons in Baltimore and is plenty familiar with the Browns.
Former Browns Malik Jackson, Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi also find themselves still on the street looking for work.
The Browns may go into training camp in "let's see what we have" mode before making a decision to bring in another body.