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Browns Mailbag: Where can Browns find more pass rushing help in 2020 NFL Draft?

We're writing this mailbag from the same exact spot as last week because we're doing our part to stay at home.

That's what the Browns and the rest of the NFL will be doing on draft weekend, too. We're hoping you're doing the same as you read the five answers we provided for questions in this week's installment of the Browns Mailbag.

Should the Browns draft another edge rusher in case they decide they need more depth at the position and who are the top edge rushers? -- Rob M., Charleston, West Virginia

Edge rushers are always in demand, and the Browns could certainly use more options alongside Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon at the all-important position. Life without both of those players for the majority of the second half of the season wasn't fun. It was the worst-case scenario, and the Browns hopefully won't have to experience it again anytime soon. This week's signing of Adrian Clayborn gives the room more veteran experience and more options at their disposal, but there's always room for more young bodies. 

Ohio State's Chase Young is expected to be off the board long before the Browns are on the clock with the No. 10 pick, and the next pass rusher, based on most projections, might not be selected until the second half of the first round. So, this year's draft class isn't loaded at the position, by any means, but there are a number of players who could make some sense for the Browns in the second round and beyond. 

Here are a few who could make sense at No. 41 or the third round, where the Browns hold two selections.

Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State) - This might be a stretch considering most mock drafts have him off the board in the late first round. Still, Gross-Matos would be a nice fit in Cleveland's 4-3 base.

A.J. Epenesa (Iowa) - Another first-round projection who could potentially fall into the second round, Epenesa had 14.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks along with four forced fumbles last season.

Terrell Lewis (Alabama) - Injuries marred a good chunk of Lewis' college career, but he proved to be dangerous when healthy, and that's what he was in his final year with the Crimson Tide.

Josh Uche (Michigan) - A four-year player who only started as a senior, Uche is considered a high-upside prospect after collecting 8.5 sacks in 2019.

Zack Baun (Wisconsin) - We've listed him in this space as a LB in the past, but Baun is considered a top prospect because of his ability to rush the quarterback. He was among the nation's best last season with 19.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

How well do you expect Drew Forbes to come back from his 2019 injury, and do you think he'll challenge for the starting right guard position? -- Chuck G., Marysville

Forbes was back on the 53-man roster for most of the second half of the season after suffering a knee injury in the team's final preseason game. The former sixth-round pick was showing a lot of promise near the end of the preseason, but his path to playing time hit a major roadblock because of the injury. He wound up appearing in two games. Still, there was so much to like about the way Forbes was grasping his new position after playing as a tackle in college. He drew praise from his coaches and teammates for his willingness and commitment to learning it. Forbes certainly needs to be considered to be in the mix at right guard along with Wyatt Teller, who was Cleveland's starter at the position for most of the second half of the season, and other players who may join the roster in the coming weeks and months.

Alex Mack is one offensive line draft choice who has had a good career. Which current NFL interior line 2020 draft prospects most closely resemble Alex Mack? -- Rob M., Charleston, West Virginia

Your best bet in this year's draft class is Michigan center Cesar Ruiz, who is ranked as NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's 37th-best overall draft prospect. If there's going to be a center taken in the first round, it's likely going to be Ruiz, who started the past two seasons at center for the Wolverines and earned All-Big Ten recognition for both. LSU's Lloyd Cushenberry, whom Jeremiah ranks 49th overall, is another name to watch.

Why don't the Cleveland Browns have 21 more Nick Chubbs? -- James H., Nashville

There is only one Nicholas Jamaal Chubb.

The Browns, though, are on the lookout for even more players who fit in the profile of "smart, tough and accountable," as established by coach Kevin Stefanski and executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry.

"As we add people to this mix, we will make sure that they fit the mold of what we are trying to build here," Stefanski said in February. "I promise you we will get the right people in here, and that will come over time."

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