Offensive Tackles: Rick Wagner and Mitchell Schwartz
Like with the receivers, the Browns need two offensive tackles and they needed them yesterday. Rick Wagner (77) and Mitchell Schwartz (74.7) both had good 2020’s but were both cap casualties. They’re not that old, only 32-years-old and considering the need to upgrade the tackle position mid-season you want veterans who can adapt and adjust quickly.
As well as Blake Hance has played as a guard in the past, he’s a bad offensive tackle. He can’t maintain his block and often gets picked on by defenses who are trying to blits off of his hip. AS for the other tackle spot, Jedrick Wills has had two bad seasons, currently holding a back-to-back 61.5 for 2020 and 2021.
Wills isn’t the answer at left tackle. He’s not improving, nor is he trying to. He’s not quick enough to seal off the edge and prevent pressure; which is part of the reason Baker Mayfield is near the top of the NFL in sacks. Sacks are up noticeably in 2021 and it’s not just because of Mayfield’s recent foot injuries, which are only a few weeks old. He’s been getting chased around the field since Week 1.
It got worse after Jack Conklin got hurt, as the Browns had to focus more on helping out Hance than Wills. It’s time to make both men earn their spots by bringing in Wagner and Schwartz.