A Closer Look at the Cleveland Browns’ Candidates for the Defensive Line

May 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The weakest part of the Cleveland Browns roster heading into training camp is probably the defensive line.
The Browns made significant upgrades to the defensive secondary and the offense, aside from wide receiver, during the offseason. The linebackers are overflowing with candidates, and the offensive line has been addressed.
Age and depth are the biggest enemies facing the line as we head into 2010. The likely starting lineup, barring suspension, is Shaun Rogers at defensive end, Ahtyba Rubin at nose tackle, and Robaire Smith at the other end.
Rogers will be 31 this season, Smith 33, and Rubin a relative baby at 24. Their projected backups at this point are 31-year-old Kenyon Coleman, who is coming off a disappointing season, 26-year-old C.J. Mosley, who only had 18 tackles in 2009, and promising sophomore Brian Schaefering, who can play either tackle or end.
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