The Cleveland Browns have been completely re-tooling their defense thanks to the aggressive 3-4 scheme being installed by new defensive coordinator Ray Horton. One of the players who needed to make a transition was former second-round pick Jabaal Sheard, who is making the move from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker, and the team has been extremely pleased with how things have been going early in minicamps.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The Browns have been extremely pleased with Sheard’s adjustment from a 4-3 end to outside linebacker. If the season opened tomorrow, Sheard and Kruger would start on the outside, with Mingo and Groves coming off the bench.
If we have learned anything in the past, it is that you can never have too many pass rushers. It looks like that is the philosophy that the Browns are going with this season.
Mingo was a top five pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but he has a lot of work to do before his body is ready for the NFL.
Luckily for Cleveland, they have plenty of capable pass rushers to plug in to a dynamic rotation. When you add the talent of these players to Horton’s aggressive style, it could spell trouble for opposing quarterbacks — especially when you can consistently have fresh legs coming off of the bench.