Austin Corbett was the Browns’ third pick in the draft. Being taken 33rd overall, Corbett has to contribute in a big way this season.
The Browns had a huge hole to fill with the retirement of Joe Thomas, and instead of taking a left tackle more in line to focus soley on tackle, the team took a player many think will be better suited at guard.
To be fair to the Browns, the left tackle position was considered weak.
Corbett will certainly get opportunities at Thomas’ old position as the Browns look to fix the position. Shon Coleman will get opportunities too, but considering Corbett’s draft status, everyone wants to see if he can hold his own at the most important position on the offensive line.
Corbett played left tackle at Nevada, just like his new teammate Joel Bitonio did. Bitonio of course, moved to guard immediately after being drafted by Ray Farmer in 2014.
And talk of Bitonio ever playing left tackle for the Browns seems to be sacrilege.
Cleveland has to try Corbett out at left tackle just based on where he was drafted. If it doesn’t work out, so be it. The team will have another guard who will probably be very good at that position.
But if the team doesn’t work out its problems at left tackle, it will be the primary position of need in the 2019 NFL Draft.