Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Cleveland Browns addressing their offensive line in the upcoming NFL Draft by selecting Andrew Thomas.
This is not the first time a mock draft has the Cleveland Browns selecting an offensive tackle. Specifically Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. Dane Brugler had Cleveland making the exact same pick at 10 in his second mock. Now NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah is doing the same.
Jeremiah has three offensive tackles going in the Top 10, Mekhi Becton to the New York Giants at four and Jedrick Wills to San Diego at six. Tristan Wirfs is projected to go to Arizona at eight, but as a guard. That allows Andrew Thomas to be available at 10 for the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland has to improve their offensive line. There is no way that the Browns can come out of the draft without selecting at least one tackle. The 10th spot in the draft could be a prime spot to pick one, as long as their top targets are not off the board. If Cleveland is unable to take a tackle with their first pick, they may end up addressing a different area of need or the highly unpopular option of trading down.
Cleveland cannot go into next season with Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard as their options at the tackle position. Robinson was incredibly underwhelming in 2019 after appearing to have something to offer in 2018. Hubbard was also underwhelming and at times completely ineffective. Add in the fact that he is also expensive, he seems all but gone.
In order to set up Kevin Stefanski for success, they need to improve their offensive line. If they are unable to do that, things could get rough for the first year head coach.