Round 3: Brian Asamoah
The Browns could lose both Malcolm Smith and Anthony Walker to free agency this offseason. That makes finding a potential starter at linebacker an offseason priority for the franchise.
Asamoah isn’t the thumper that some fans like to see in their base linebackers, but his speed and ability to cover receivers in space could make him a great fit for the Browns’ defensive scheme. He has a chance to turn into a top-notch coverage linebacker at the NFL level if he can make marginal gains with his functional strength.
The knock on Asamoah is that he’s just not physical enough at the point of attack to hold up against the run. That’s a fair criticism. Any team that selects him will need to pair him with two other physical linebackers who can help cover up some of his deficiencies.
If the Browns want to stop modern passing attacks they need to get more pass coverage production from the second level of their defense. Asamoah is a guy who can come in right away and contribute in their sub-packages with a real chance to grow into a solid three-down linebacker.