In this multi-part series, we will look deeper at each position group on the Cleveland Browns roster. Today we will be covering the defensive tackles.
On day one of ranking the Brown’s positions groups, I looked at the worst position group on the team that would be the wide receivers. Today I will be looking at the worst position group on the defense, leading us to the defensive tackles.
The Brown’s defensive tackle room has been pretty concerning through the preseason. The Browns are relying on some very young guys to get the job done this season, and it will be an excellent test for them.
Taven Bryan is the old veteran in the room and is only entering his fifth NFL season. Bryan signed with the Browns this March after spending his first four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the 29th pick in the 2018 draft out of the University of Florida, and he hasn’t exactly lived up to those first-round exceptions.
He could only start in 17 of his 63 games played for the Jaguars and didn’t have much production. He could only get five and a half sacks and 86 combined tackles.
Bryan will need to step up big time if Brown’s defensive tackle room makes a statement this year. Bryan will likely be a starter and will likely be the number one defensive tackle on the team. I wouldn’t worry about him getting sacks because the Browns have several guys who can do that, but the Browns will need him out there to help stop the run, which will be an essential part of this defense.
Jordan Elliott looks to be the second starting defensive tackle on this Browns team. Elliott is entering his third NFL season after being picked out of Missouri in the third round of the 2020 draft. Elliott was very highly regarded coming out of college, and many people were shocked that he fell to the third round. He hasn’t lived up to that high regard through his first two seasons.
There have been times going into the season if Elliott was going to be a roster cut after camp. Still, he has had an excellent solid base, and with this defensive tackle room being so thin, Elliott will see himself on the Browns’ roster for this upcoming season.
Tommy Togiai is a name to watch this upcoming season. Togiai was drafted in the fourth round of the 2021 draft out of Ohio State and had a redshirt rookie season. He only appeared in six games for the Browns in 2021, so there are many Togiai that Browns fans have just not seen yet.
Togiai was very good at getting to the quarterback for a defensive tackle at Ohio State and totaling four and a half sacks over a seven-game shortened 2020 season. He was all over the quarterback in the 2020 season in a game at Penn State when he had three sacks. Togiai could get to the quarterback in his college days, and now he needs to translate that into the NFL. Togiai can help this defensive tackle room if he can step up hugely.
Perrion Winfrey might be one of the fan favorites without playing a game for the Browns. He had an epic reaction to getting drafted in the fourth round of the 2022 draft and hasn’t stopped barking since. Winfrey spent two college seasons at Oklahoma after transferring from Iowa Western Community College. Winfrey made Second Team All-Big 12 twice and had a great time at the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl. He stood out in every single day of practice, and he was able to bring home Reese’s Senior Bowl MVP. It was a shock that he was still sitting there on day three of the draft, and the Browns ensured he wouldn’t have to wait all day.
Usually, for a fourth-round pick on a very talented roster, they aren’t needed as much, but for Winfrey, he will be required a ton. He will have to help hold down this defensive line and make some immediate impact.
Other names to watch that could make the roster are two rookies Glen Logan out of LSU and Roderick Perry II out of Illinois.
The outlook for the defensive tackles for the 2022 season isn’t a great one. This is by far the worst position group on defense, and they might need to make some move for another name before the season starts. One thing that will help this room is being surrounded by defensive ends like Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, who will help set the edge and get after the quarterback.
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