Cleveland Browns: 5 players to watch during the 2018 season

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5. Austin Corbett

Understandably, Austin Corbett was a surprise for most in the second round in April. Cleveland needed to replace Joe Thomas at left tackle but no one through free agency is viewed as a worthwhile option.

Cleveland ended up selecting Corbett with the 33rd pick and is the favorite to replace Thomas. The offensive linemen who are returning are not starting material either at left tackle. Therefore, there should be no reason for Corbett not to win the left tackle gig.

Corbett is a versatile offensive lineman who also has experience inside at guard and center too. That said, he is a tackle at the end of the day. Comparing him to Thomas is downright wrong and won’t be done. Thomas cannot be replaced. That said, as long as he does not turn into Cameron Erving that is huge. Plus, as long as Corbett comes in and does exactly what Cleveland asks of him that is the main thing.

In time, hopefully, Corbett can eventually be discussed as one of the top left tackles in the game. Playing next to fellow former Nevada product Joel Bitonio will certainly help his progression and adjustments to the NFL. An offensive line of Corbett, Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Kevin Zeitler, and Chris Hubbard should be a very promising and stable unit for the Browns in 2018.