When it comes to the Browns, there is one position that nobody is talking about that really needs to be addressed. That is a good tackling inside linebacker.
Why do I say this?
When we look at the Browns defense this year, there are few things that stand out. One is the inability to stop the run. The Browns still remain dead last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game.
The second is their inability to tackle. How many times on Sunday do we watch guys try and make arm tackles and whiff that end up turning a three yard gain into a ten yard gain. Finally is the poor play of the secondary, but injuries have played a big part in that losing two Pro Bowl players for most of the season so far.
I think that most of these problems could start to solve with the emergence of a young tackling insider linebacker. This becomes even more important when running a 3-4.
When you have a 3-4, you only have three guys on the line facing off with five offensive lineman. The responsibility of those three guys is to take up blockers and free up the linebackers to make plays. The Browns have spent a lot of energy into improving their defensive line this offseason.
They made Danny Shelton a first round pick, took Xavier Cooper in the third, signed Randy Starks from Miami, and extended John Hughes to go along with the Bryants.