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NFL draft profile: DT Siaki Ika fills long-term need for Browns

Second pick for the Browns once again adds size in the NFL draft

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The Cleveland Browns made two picks in the third round of the 2023 NFL draft. After drafting WR Cedric Tillman, Cleveland got a big, strong receiver to add to their offense. With their second pick in this year’s draft, the Browns went back for more size.

This time, it was the defensive line’s turn to get a lot more bulk despite adding a number of players in free agency as well.

Let’s take a look at pick No. 98’s player profile:


Siaki Ika


Nose Tackle


6’3”, 335 pounds


Baylor Bears/LSU Tigers


37 games: 70 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes defended

Relative Athletic Score

For nose tackles, the two biggest athletic scores that tend to matter are explosion (broad and vertical jump) and strength. We did not get testing for Ika in either of those areas:

Average “Big Board” Position As of Publishing Date

68th Overall

The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value

73.00/Fourth-Round Value

What an Expert is Saying

Fit with the Browns

Selecting Ika instead of a fan favorite like Adetomiwa Adebawore is an interesting move but Ika’s size is vital with Jim Schwartz’s wide-9 scheme. With defensive ends out further from the offensive tackles, the interior players must be able to take on multiple blocks on a regular basis or huge holes form. Ika is that kind of player and, along with free agent signing Dalvin Tomlinson, will allow Schwartz to run his system.

Browns Players Drafting Tillman Could Impact

Transitioning from Joe Woods to Schwartz could lead to multiple drafted players being moved on from this season including Jordan Elliott, Tommy Togiai and Perrion Winfrey. With another addition to the interior of the defensive line (Tomlinson was joined by Maurice Hurst and Trysten Hill this offseason), a lot of holdovers will be sweating their futures.

Grade - C+

Really like the fit within Schwartz’s system but do not like the value of a nose tackle in the third round. Ika hasn’t shown pass rushing ability to allow him to be on the field for passing downs which, against some teams, will be more downs than rushing downs.

On the other hand, SB Nation gave Cleveland an “A-” for this selection.

What do you think about the newest Browns nose tackle?