Dawson Deaton (R), Hjalte Froholdt, David Moore
While he was drafted, I don’t see a seventh-rounder like Dawson Deaton beating out the guys ahead of him. I think he gets cut early in the process and squirreled away on the practice squad for a season. Hjalte Froholdt and David Moore may be practice squad guys as well, or they may end up being the surprise of the offseason.
I could see Drew Forbes being cut this year. He’s 25, hasn’t really done anything since getting drafted, there’s no real space for him to showcase what he can do, and there are younger options behind him. It’s a bit funny, if not for his injury, Forbes, and not Wyatt Teller, could be the guard everyone talks about.
The story of Michael Dunn is a good one, but like with Forbes, he’s getting older and isn’t irreplaceable. If the Browns feel there are better options, or at least options with more potential, Dunn could and will be gone.
Unless Blake Hance completely loses everything that coaches saw in him over the last two years during camp, I expect him to make the team. He’s not a great tackle. He’s not quick enough to get to faster ends, but as a guard, he excels. He’s a potential starter at that position.
I worry about Joel Bitonio’s age, coupled with his wear and tear. Everyone starts regressing at some point, and at Bitonio’s age, that point may be sooner rather than later. He’s a future Hall of Famer in my opinion but could use another Pro Bowl or two, and another All-Pro team to seal the deal.
Wyatt Teller is arguably the league’s best guard, but his pass blocking isn’t as strong as his run blocking. It’s still better than 95% of the league, but his run blocking is the best in the league. So comparatively, he’s lacking.