An updated Cleveland Browns projected starting lineup, with a new left tackle

We last looked at the depth chart on Saturday, after GM John Dorsey agreed to a flurry of trades.

Since that time, Joe Thomas has retired and Dorsey has agreed to sign several free agents.

Here’s a look at the updated projected starting lineup, which remains fluid given the Browns’ activity:


QB Tyrod Taylor. Better accuracy, fewer interceptions and the ability to keep plays alive made him attractive. Taylor had 51 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over the past three seasons; in that same time, the Browns as a whole had 50 touchdowns and 54 interceptions.

RB Carlos Hyde. Averaged 4.2 yards per carry in his four seasons in San Francisco. He will alternate with Duke Johnson. I’d also expect the Browns to another back in the draft.

WR Josh Gordon. Gordon’s return late last season sets him up for what could be a big season, if he can stay with the team.

WR Corey Coleman. I still expect the Browns to sign Terrelle Pryor or another free agent to take this spot.

WR Jarvis Landry. Averaged 100 catches and 1,000 yards in his four seasons in Miami. And he catches the ball, something Browns wide receivers struggled to do last season.

TE David Njoku/Darren Fells. The Browns have high hopes for Njoku after he went through the growing pains of a rookie tight end. Fells is the best blocker among the tight end group.

LT Shon Coleman. Pure projection. The Browns need somebody who can play this spot, and Joe Thomas said he thought Coleman could move to left tackle. Thomas now has retired, to I’m guessing Coleman gets the first look.

LG Joel Bitonio. He recovered impressively from Lisfranc surgery and should be better in ’18.

C JC Tretter. Athletic and smart center who can handle the position.

RG Kevin Zeitler. One of the big free-agent signings a year ago.

RT Chris Hubbard. Pittsburgh’s sixth offensive lineman last season becomes the Browns' starter at right tackle.


DE Myles Garrett. Seven sacks in 11 games projects to double digits in a full season, which bodes well for his career.

DT Trevon Coley. Impressed Gregg Williams a year ago, but both tackle positions could be fluid through the offseason.

DT Larry Ogunjobi. He steps in for Danny Shelton, whose trade (along with Thomas' retirement) means the Browns have no first-round draft picks left from before 2016. Ogunjobi and Coley are more active tackles who fit better in Williams’ scheme than Shelton, who is more of a 3-4 player.

DE Emmanuel Ogbah. Most underrated player on the defense. Combines with Garrett to give the Browns an excellent pair of young, aggressive pass-rushers.

OLB Chris Kirksey. Played every down and was very productive in 2017.

MLB Joe Schobert. Played every down and played in the Pro Bowl.

OLB Jamie Collins. Collins, Ogbah and Garrett were on the field together for only five minutes in 2017, but caused havoc in those five minutes.

CB T.J. Carrie. The Browns are paying the former Raiders corner as a starter (a reported four years/$31 million), so he starts.

CB Jamar Taylor. Somebody has to line up here, and the sudden and surprising trade of Jason McCourty makes Taylor the choice. For now. A draft pick well could take this spot.

SS Jabrill Peppers. His future will be closer to the line of scrimmage, though.

FS Damarious Randall. Initially pegged him as a corner, but the Browns will give him his first look at free safety, where he played in college.

Since Friday, the Browns agreed to terms with seven free agents, traded for three players, traded away two players, saw one free agent agree with a new team (Isaiah Crowell) and saw a Pro Bowl left tackle retire.

All in a few days' work.