BEREA, Ohio -- On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns took the field for their first day of this week's three-day minicamp.

What follows is a look at how the Browns' unofficial defensive depth chart appeared based on personnel groupings, as well as some thoughts on the pecking order of each group.

You can view the Browns' offensive depth chart here

Defensive line


DE - Myles Garrett

DE - Olivier Vernon

DT - Larry Ogunjobi

DT - Sheldon Richardson


DE - Genard Avery

DE - Anthony Zettel

DT - Trevon Coley

DT - Daniel Ekuale


DE - Chris Smith

DE - Wyatt Ray/Chad Thomas

DT - Brian Price

DT - Carl Davis

The Gerald McCoy-less first-team was as expected with lots of rotation occurring between the second and third teams. Second-year linebacker Genard Avery appeared to be working exclusively as a pass-rusher, although that may have been a result of the defense primarily playing nickel packages throughout the day.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett shares a laugh with teammates prior to a drill at organized team activities practice at team headquarters in Berea Thursday.
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OLB - Christian Kirksey

MLB - Joe Schobert

OLB - Adarius Taylor


OLB - Mack Wilson

MLB - Sione Takitaki

OLB - Ray-Ray Armstrong

This was the most difficult position group to determine a pecking order for with the team rarely playing three-linebacker sets. When it did, it was the free agent signee, Taylor, taking first-team reps alongside returning starters Schobert and Kirksey.

The two linebackers the Browns drafted, Takitaki and Wilson, each received ample playing time as well. But between the formations and rotations, it was difficult to decipher who was playing where.



  • Denzel Ward
  • Greedy Williams
  • T.J. Carrie (NB)


  • Terrance Mitchell
  • Lenzy Pipkins
  • Phillip Gaines (NB)


  • Robert Jackson
  • Jhavonte Dean
  • Tavierre Thomas (NB)

As appeared to be the case at OTAs last week, the second-round pick Williams appears to have firmly entrenched himself as the starter opposite Ward, bumping Mitchell to the second-team. Quality depth, otherwise, appears to be an issue, although Carrie -- who started at nickel back -- possesses the ability to also play outside if need be.

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Cleveland Browns defensive back Denzel Ward (21) keeps his eyes on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) in the first half of a game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
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  • Damarious Randall
  • Jermaine Whitehead


  • Sheldrick Redwine
  • Eric Murray


  • Tigie Sankoh
  • J.T. Hassell

Free agent signee Morgan Burnett didn't practice Tuesday and his eventual presence -- presumably in the starting lineup -- could create some shifting at both safety and nickel. That rings especially true for both Whitehead and Murray, who have each been praised for their versatility.