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2019 free agency: Defensive line class offers potential if Browns want more of it

Now we're into the meaty portion of this offseason series: defensive line.

The draft is loaded at the position, but what about the free agent class? Where are the Browns looking for help?

A chief concern is stopping the run, but the solution has to be the right player. Ndamukong Suh looms as a possibility after his stellar playoff performance with the Rams, but that's no long-term deal. There are others, too, but do they fit?

Here's a look at the prospects Cleveland can look over come Wednesday.

Who's back?

Myles Garrett - 16 games (16 starts), 44 tackles, 13.5 sacks, three passes defended, three forced fumbles

Larry Ogunjobi - 16 games (16 starts), 52 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble

Emmanuel Ogbah - 14 games (14 starts), 40 tackles, 3.0 sacks, eight passes defended

Anthony Zettel - 15 games (zero starts), 14 tackles

Chris Smith - 16 games (two starts), 21 tackles, 1.0 sacks, two passes defended, one forced fumble

Chad Thomas - Four games (zero starts)

Brian Price - 12 games (zero starts), 11 tackles

Devaroe Lawrence - One game (zero starts)

Daniel Ekuale - Did not play

Lenny Jones - Did not play

Unrestricted free agents

Carl Davis - Five games (zero starts), one tackle

Exclusive-rights free agents

Trevon Coley - 16 games (14 starts), 39 tackles, 0.5 sacks, one safety

Top DL available (rankings from **'s Top 101 free agents**)

3. Trey Flowers, Patriots

Flowers has been a key cog on the defensive line for the reigning Super Bowl champions and is versatile enough to bring a lot of value to a team in need.

9. Sheldon Richardson, Vikings

Richardson got back on track in Minnesota after a couple of struggle-filled years related to character issues. We'll see what that means for his future.

11. Ndamukong Suh, Rams

Suh coasted through the regular season before turning it on in the playoffs and making a massive difference for the Rams en route to the Super Bowl. Will another contender with eyes on a Lombardi bring him in on a similar short-term deal?

14. Ziggy Ansah, Lions

Ansah's biggest issue has been his health, which has kept him from racking up the sack numbers the Lions expected from him. As a result, he's likely headed elsewhere.

15. Za'Darius Smith, Ravens

A havoc-wreaker on a defense filled with them, Smith's biggest question is: Was he a product of a system, or can he thrive elsewhere, too?

45. Henry Anderson, Jets

Anderson arrived in New York after landing there via draft-day trade and tied for the team lead in sacks, but that wasn't enough to convince the Jets to scramble to keep him.

51. Cameron Wake, Dolphins

Wake isn't the player he once was, but at 37 years old is still playing younger than his actual age.

53. Malcom Brown, Patriots

Brown has quietly been a productive part of New England's defensive front and could benefit from wearing those rings that likely weigh his hand down.

66. Corey Liuget, Chargers

Liuget was as reliable as they come for the Chargers in both San Diego and Los Angeles, but at 28 years old is in line for a second big contract at a terrible time. His torn quad suffered in November will likely hurt his market value.

68. Darius Philon, Chargers

Philon is a name you wouldn't recognize unless you watched a lot of Chargers games, but he was an important part of a defense that helped Los Angeles earn a Wild Card bid and reach the divisional round of the playoffs.

71. Jonathan Hankins, Raiders

Hankins moved to a team desperate for help up front and did a decent job as a gap-plugger, but his value is unknown.

82. Alex Okafor, Saints

Okafor hasn't broken 5.0 sacks since 2014. At 28 years old, that's concerning.

84. Muhammad Wilkerson, Packers

Wilkerson has struggled to stay on the field in recent years and suffered a significant injury just three games into the season that had some fearing his career might be over. Can he return healthy enough to contribute?

92. Benson Mayowa, Cardinals

Mayowa could be on a late-bloomer path upward, if last season was any indicator.

93. Brent Urban, Ravens

Urban was a relentless, fundamental end in Baltimore's defense, but, like Smith, begs the question: system or player?

100. Domata Peko, Broncos

The veteran stands to join a contender with a run-stopping need but won't make a fortune off of it.

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