It very much feels like the only way Drew Forbes is on this team after the preseason is as a starter at right guard. If that’s the case, and he earns the spot, then fantastic. Best case scenario.
Fans should remember though that Forbes is a sixth-round pick of a failed regime. In fact, Forbes might not be the only member of that 2019 draft class who could be gone. Sheldrick Redwine was a fourth-round pick who now is nothing more than a special teams player. There’s next to no chance he starts over the three players at the position already and that’s assuming the Browns don’t go after a big name safety via trade at some point. Donnie Lewis is hanging on to his spot by his teeth and as he was a seventh-round pick, there’s every chance in the world that he loses his spot on the future’s list and practice squad to an undrafted player.
Mack Wilson is safe, he’ll be a starter unless he absolutely bottoms out in preseason. Same with Sione Takitaki and Greedy Williams. Yet, even an Austin Seibert isn’t safe. Decisions about kickers are notoriously fickle and one bad preseason game could be his end in Cleveland.
Of all the other names, however, Forbes is the one who could be out of a spot on the main roster. With the team bringing Jedrick Wills, Nick Harris, Alex Taylor, Jack Conklin, Willie Wright, Evan Brown, and Drake Dorbeck at various positions on the offensive line, the possibility that Forbes makes it through the preseason is slim.
He very well might, but gotta play the games and all that jazz. If you think it’s unlikely or impossible that Forbes could be cut, then you’re not paying attention to just how many new linemen the Browns have already brought in and how many more they still could.