University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley at the NFL Scouting Combine
The Browns had a need at inside linebacker before they released D’Qwell Jackson last week.
Minus Jackson, they have an even larger one.
Jackson continued to prove to be one of the NFL’s foremost tackling machines, but he also had his challenges against the pass.
The Browns will enter the free-agency market on March 11 looking for linebackers who can hold up far better in coverage than Robertson and Jackson.
The best player at the position who could be available is Arizona’s Karlos Dansby, although the Cardinals are reportedly working to sign him to a long-term deal. Another intriguing top-level player who could hit the open market is Daryl Smith of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Browns would figure to take a close look at Arthur Moats of the Buffalo Bills, with whom Browns coach Mike Pettine spent last season as defensive coordinator. Moats is not a huge difference-making player, but he does have a good understanding of Pettine’s defense and is a good leader.
According to most draft analysts, the two highest-rated inside linebackers from the college crop are Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.
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