Boise State – G John Molchon
John Molchon is another player projected to go in the mid-late rounds. The 6’5, 322 lbs. offensive guard is one of the better interior line prospects in the third day. Strong as an ox, and nimble, the guard from Boise State offers a litany of possibility for the offense. He can play all over the line, which is a valuable commodity. Even if he’s not a starter in his first few years, he could be a reliable option to fill multiple positions in the place of an injured player.
Having a fast, and nimble guard allows an offense to run more traps on offense. Pulling guards who can run well are more able to stay ahead of the ball carriers. They can turn upfield and provide the needed blocking to propel the runners to the second level and beyond. This is something the Browns lacked last year on the right. Joel Bitonio is a heck of a guard but even he isn’t as nimble as Molchon.
Molchon doesn’t have a lot of holes and is a reliable player with regards to durability. In his three years starting consistently at Boise State, Molchon didn’t miss a single start. The Las Vegas native would be a valuable asset to a Browns team still struggling to find it’s identity since the retirement of first-ballot Hall of Famer Joe Thomas.
Short of getting G/C Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin the early rounds, Molchon is the best interior linemen option in the later parts of the draft, with regards to his reputation and pro-level attributes. The fact he could be had in the fifth or sixth round is a steal for what he could potentially be for the Browns offensive line.