This is the 50th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#59- Dedrick Young II– LB- Nebraska
I call this guy Dedrick Young “Jeezy” because now that he is in Cleveland, I’m sure he will “Put On” for his city. If you aren’t a rap fan, you can call him Dedrick “Neil” Young because when he is playing linebacker he comes in “Like a Hurricane”. When you see him in action, you are sure to be blown away.
Young was a tackling machine at Nebraska. He was the first Cornhusker to ever record at least 60 tackles in all four years of college. He started his collegiate career on the right foot by setting the tackle record for a true freshman with 61 and ended by making 83 tackles as a senior. Any time you can set multiple records at a storied program like Nebraska, you know you are doing something right.
The biggest knock on the Browns defense last season was their inability to finish tackles. This is going to be a point of emphasis for the team this year and Young could help set the tone. John Dorsey did select two linebackers in this year’s draft and they already have a couple of good veteran linebackers in Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert, so it could be an uphill battle for the undrafted Young. However, Dorsey loves guys who are just “football players” and that Dedrick Young II seems to fit that bill.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Jaelen Strong.