The Browns come into the 2017 season with two solid linebackers and a bunch of question marks behind them. The good news is, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will probably deploy a lot of two-linebacker sets this season. The bad news is, the Browns are short at depth and talent at the position.
Jamie Collins, last year’s acquisition from the Patriots who re-signed as a free agent in the offseason, is back along with Christian Kirksey.
Collins is the most talented linebacker on the roster. But he comes with a question mark because New England gave up on him due to his freelancing style. Hopefully, Williams can get the most out of him.
Kirksey has impressed during his time with the Browns and received a contract extension in the offseason. Not bad for a guy who began his career as one of the more humorous Madden game glitches. His player was 2 feet tall and a Titan despite being drafted by the Browns.
Behind them is … not much. Tank Carder, Nate Orchard and Joe Schobert have the most experience. There are also a handful of rookies who will be looking to make names for themselves in camp. But right now, no one outside of Collins and Kirksey really stand out.
Position grade: C-