With the season just a few months away, ESPN has began to write about the most underrated and overrated NFL teams and players. In their latest piece, Football Outsiders' Vincent Verhei released his most underrated player on all 32 teams in the league based on credit received for their respective team's success. While the Cleveland Browns may lack talent at some positions, he decided that defensive end Desmond Bryant is the team's most underrated player.
DE Desmond Bryant - Bryant's 91 percent stop rate against the run was third in the league, and he led the team with six sacks. But you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone outside northeast Ohio (and few within the Cleveland city limits) who knows who he is.
The 30-year-old has been with the Browns since the 2013 season. In his three seasons in Cleveland, he has racked up 113 tackles (60 solo), 14.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and two passes defended in 41 games (all starts). In 2015, the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder totaled 33 tackles (24 solo), six sacks (career-high), and one forced fumble. Ironically, he was named as one of the Browns' three worst contracts by Pro Football Focus, showing that the numbers don't always line up.
Before joining the Dawg Pound, Bryant spent the his first three seasons in the league with the Oakland Raiders after the west coast team signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard University in 2009. He started just 18 games in his four seasons with the Raiders, all of which came in his final two seasons with Oakland in 2011 and 2012. So far in his seven seasons in the NFL, Bryant has garnered 237 tackles (155 solo), 25 sacks, two fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and four passes defended in 104 games (59 starts).