BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Eyebrows were raised when the Cleveland Browns used their top two picks in the draft on defensive linemen. The choices seem logical now.
After two games, rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor and end Jabaal Sheard are performing like seasoned pros. In Sunday’s win over Indianapolis, Taylor and Sheard both made big plays in getting first-year coach Pat Shurmur his first NFL win and helping the Browns back from an ugly Week 1 loss.
Taylor, the No. 21 overall pick, had five tackles, batted down a pass and created pressure up the middle. Sheard had five tackles and his fourth-quarter sack of Kerry Collins set up a Cleveland field goal.
Shurmur said the pair have improved each week but still have a lot to learn.