Austin Corbett, OL
Austin Corbett was a healthy scratch for the Raiders game.
This isn’t a criticism of Corbett, it’s a criticism of the front office.
It’s easy. Bad teams get higher picks with the idea that they turn things around and won’t be bad anymore.
But you’ve got to play the guys you draft early and let them do there thing.
Look no further than Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. The No. 1 overall pick led an offense that scored 42 points points. Yes, there were mistakes, but geesh, does anyone want to bench him?
And then Chubb? Carlos Hyde‘s been doing a fine job, but he doesn’t flash that breakout potential Chubb had on two long touchdown runs. Chubb was the 35th overall pick. When you’re taken that high, you must be able to help, and he did.
Denzel Ward, the fourth player taken overall, didn’t have his name called at all. For a corner, that’s a good thing, and it likely means he wasn’t targeted a whole bunch.
That brings me back to Corbett, who was the 33rd overall pick.
Imagine if the Browns hit the bullseye on the first pick of the second round? Instead they’ve got a draft pick who doesn’t dress!
Corbett may eventually pay off in the long run, but with Desmond Harrison looking solid at left tackle, and Joel Bitono at left guard for the foreseeable future, you’ve got to talk yourself into the Browns taking a right guard with the 33rd pick overall.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, I guess, and neither was the 2018 Cleveland Browns roster.