There’s no Joe Thomas in this draft that anyone knows of, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t find one. The problem with the Browns offensive line is that there isn’t one hole. There are potentially three. Both offensive tackles and the right guard position need to be replaced, and one could even make a case for improving the center position if there’s an available player worth having.
Left tackle Greg Robinson, center JC Tretter, right guard Wyatt Teller and right tackle Chris Hubbard are all on the chopping block to some degree. Arguably Tretter isn’t going anywhere, he’s a very solid blocker and even if a better center can be found, moving Tretter to guard is a viable option.
The tackles, however, need to be addressed. Blame Baker Mayfield all you want, and there’s a lot to pile on him sure, the fact is when you’re doing five to seven-step drops you need to keep the defense from touching Mayfield
Mayfield was mauled by the defense on a consistent basis, with 41 sacks to his name and 66 hits on the quarterback. While the numbers reflect an offensive line that kept Mayfield upright, the fact is Mayfield rushed passes to avoid being hit. That needs to change and the Browns should use two of the first four picks to address the offensive line position in order to give Mayfield time.
The picks will obviously also help bolster the run game as well, something head coach Kevin Stefanski will rely on heavily in the 2020 season. Having a modified and hopefully improved offensive line for the upcoming season will only help to improve the offense next year, providing enough time for them to find their barrings. This, and a slot receiver or two, should truly help Mayfield improve on his slump of a sophomore season.