Cleveland Browns: 4 mistakes the Browns made this offseason

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: Nevada offensive lineman Austin Corbett speaks to the media during NFL Combine press conferences at the Indiana Convention Center on March 1, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns used the offseason to improve a roster that went 0-16, but some mistakes were made heading into the new campaign.

The Cleveland Browns won’t hit on every move they make as new GM John Dorsey seeks to repair an 0-16 team. Here’s four mistakes that standout.

Left tackle still in question

Joe Thomas retirement all but cemented the Cleveland Browns’ decision to draft a left tackle in the NFL Draft.

With three picks in the top 33, many thought Cleveland would address the blind side early on, plugging the hole Thomas filled at an elite level for so many years.

Well, did new GM John Dorsey address the situation? Well, sorta.

The Browns drafted Austin Corbett with the first pick in the second round, but there’s uncertainty regarding his future at tackle because of his size. Some scouts see him as a better fit at guard.

Our own Ryan Rosko opined on the Browns’ options at tackle because on paper, the team has a surplus of guys the Browns can tryout at the position.

Shon Coleman is entering his third year and will get the first opportunity. The Browns then signed former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson. Unfortunately, Cleveland will be the third stop of his career. Spencer Drango may get a look there. Donald Stephenson will also get a look in camp, but he got popped for PEDs and will be suspended to open the season.

Make no mistake about it though, the Browns are banking on Corbett. Conceivably, the Browns could “redshirt” him this season, using him at other positions on the line as needed with the expectation he’ll assume the starter’s role in 2019.

He’s certainly going to be the one to watch based off his draft position. There were other polished tackles available at 33, but the Browns liked Corbett so much, they turned the card in.

He followed in Joel Bitonio‘s footsteps playing tackle at Nevada and the Dawg Pound hopes to replicate that production on the offensive line.

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