The Cleveland Browns released their first unofficial depth chart heading into Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
NFL teams have to do this and there’s a reason why they’re “unofficial”, it’s more or less for the media and the fans to speculate about and that’s what I’m going to do and give you some of my takeaways from this depth chart.
- When I first looked, the first thing I noticed was the tight end position. Third year player Randall Telfer is currently listed the starter with Seth DeValve and rookie David Njoku following in order. I know Coach Jackson and his staff said they would make the rookies earn their spot and role on the team but to even have Telfer ahead of DeValve was surprising. Telfer has mainly been a blocking tight end in his tenure so he’ll be a guy I keep my eye on in preseason.
- Marcus Martin being ahead of Spencer Drango at the guard position. Martin was a surprise waiver claim from San Francisco early in the offseason. He was the top rated center in the 2014 draft but a new regime in San Francisco saw his exit from the 49ers. With the number of centers the Browns have, I’m sure the team is looking at what Martin can do at other spots on the line before making a final decision. Drango played well for a late round pick being thrusted on the field due to injuries but will also be a bubble guy during the preseason due to the depth.
- Trevon Coley isn’t a name I haven’t heard much of but I know Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown have raved about. He’s currently listed as the second string defensive tackle behind Desmond Bryant. Undrafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2016, the Browns signed him to the practice squad towards the end of last season and has quietly impressed with the depth on the defensive line. He’ll have some serious competition to make the roster with Jamie Meder and Xavier Cooper.
- One of the battles I’m looking forward to is at the “Mike” linebacker spot between Tank Carder and Joe Schobert. Carder has been a special teams stud for the Browns the last few seasons and Schobert was the team’s fourth round pick last season. Schobert has reportedly looked more of a fit at this position then he was last year as a 3-4 outside linebacker so far throughout camp. Either guy will have a chance to look pretty good in between Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey.
- I don’t want to read too much into the safety position because Gregg Williams likes to sometimes use 3 safeties in the secondary in some packages. I will say the fact that Ibraheim Campbell and Justin Currie are ahead of Calvin Pryor so far assures my opinion of Pryor. I thought it was telling that the Jets dumped him off when he’s still young and can still develop as their rebuild begins. Now once the games begin, my opinion of Pryor could change but him being below Campbell and Currie tells me that Pryor will be on the roster bubble throughout preseason.