Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David had a pre-draft visit with the Browns on Tuesday, a league source told the Beacon Journal.
NFLDraftScout.com projects David as a second-round pick, though some analysts believe he could sneak into the first round.
The Browns could target David early in the second round (No. 37 overall). Last season, their defense ranked 30th in the NFL against the run (147.4 yards allowed per game), so they could use an upgrade at linebacker.
The 6-foot, 233-pound David played weakside linebacker for Nebraska. He led the Cornhuskers with 133 tackles last season as a senior and 152 in 2010. Before joining Nebraska, he spent two seasons playing for Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
“He's going to be able to play at the next level and do it at a high level,” ESPN’s Todd McShay said last week during a conference call. “The reason I say that is I think he understands how to keep blockers off his body, when to take on blocks, when to slip. He's fast and athletic.”
McShay said he believes David will be picked somewhere between 25th and 40th overall.
Note: Click here for a list of draft prospects who have reportedly had visits or workouts set up with the Browns.