On Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have signed fourth-round pick defensive tackle Tommy Togiai.
The Ohio State product is now the fifth of the eight Browns draft picks to sign with the team.
#Browns have signed 4th round DT Tommy Togiai of Ohio State
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 21, 2021
Only defensive back Greg Newsome II, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and wide receiver Anthony Schwartz remain unsigned.
Cleveland used the second of their fourth round picks on Togiai during draft day.
He put together solid numbers while in college and was the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect in the nation coming out of high school.
Reshaping The D-Line
It seems like the Browns were going to be in big trouble at defensive tackle to start the offseason.
They let Larry Ogunjobi walk into free agency and sign elsewhere, while Sheldon Richardson was cut by Cleveland in order to save cap space.
After that, Cleveland was left with Andrew Billings and Jordan Elliott as the only two decent defensive tackle options.
The organization quickly added reinforcements in the form of Malik Jackson, Malik McDowell, and Damion Square.
They also re-signed Sheldon Day and signed undrafted Florida tackle Marvin Wilson.
That being said, Togiai is going to be forced to battle his way up the depth chart in Cleveland.
Although, he certainly has the skillset to quickly become an impact player for this team.
Tommy Togiai is staying in Ohio as a Brown! 😌 pic.twitter.com/Qgf6QdvGsL
— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOSU) May 1, 2021
He finished with 49 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks during his three years at Ohio State.
At first glance, those numbers don’t jump off the page, but the DT spot isn’t exactly a flashy position.
Cleveland certainly feels that Togiai is a great fit for their organization.
“Tommy is what we consider a very good run player who has kind of come into his own here in the last year,” Browns Director of Player Personnel Dan Saganey said. “Excited to add an Ohio State guy who we think will be a great fit as a person for the organization and a great fit in the room and really helps upgrade our defensive line room going into the season.”
General manager Andrew Berry found success in the fourth round last season with tight end Harrison Bryant.
Hopefully, Togiai will be able to succeed in Cleveland and quickly become a contributor on defense.
His contract is a four-year deal per terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Now Browns fans must sit patiently and wait for the rest of the Browns rookies to sign their deals.
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