We finish off our training camp preview on the Cleveland Browns’ middle linebackers with two youngsters. As we made clear in Part 1, the top middle linebacker won’t be a key piece of the defense — but several players will still be needed for depth, special teams, and multi-tasking (could try some outside linebacker).
4. Kenneth Olugbode – Rookie Middle Linebacker
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 222 lbs | Age: 21
Experience: Rookie | College: Colorado
If there is one undrafted free agent’s name you should know heading into camp, make sure it’s Olugbode’s. After the 2017 NFL Draft, he was deemed one of the top undrafted free agents available, including by Pro Football Focus, who had him as their #2 available player along with this assessment:
Olugbode went undrafted largely because he measured out at just 6-foot-1, 222 pounds, at his pro day, but his significant improvements as a run defender in 2016 and potential as a coverage and special-teams player may land him a roster spot. He posted a PFF overall grade of 87.7 at Colorado last season, and was at his best in the biggest games. Against Michigan, Stanford, and Washington, Olugbode racked up a total of 33 solo tackles with 18 defensive stops.
You can also see how his 87.7 grade in 2016 was a significant improvement over his previous two seasons:
As a senior, Olugbode registered 108 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Lance Zierlein of the NFL Network credits…
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