The one position where it may seem that the Browns have an over abundance of candidates is linebacker. Even with the trade of Kamerion Wimbley, the Browns still have eleven on their roster. They range from the untested Titus Brown to the newly signed veteran Scott Fujita.
The question is: does quantity equal quality? In Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense the linebackers are critical components, they rush the passer and cover backs and tight ends in passing situations. They are responsible for the second line of defense against the run and with today's running backs being bigger and faster than ever before, that's a tall order.
Obviously all 11 won't make the team or be part of the core defensive group, so let's take a look at each and try to classify them by their appropriate responsibilities on the team.