The Cleveland Browns don’t need a left tackle for the present but they may have just drafted one for the future.
They traded up to the 160th overall pick to select Florida State tackle Roderick Johnson. They gave up the 181st and 188th picks to the New York Jets who gave us the 224th pick in the seventh round.
He was the starting left tackle at Florida State the last two seasons, earning All-ACC and All-American selections during the time.
Here’s his scouting report from Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, who ranked Johnson the sixth best tackle in the draft.
A three-year starter at Florida State, Johnson was too talented to keep on the bench and eventually pushed Erving to center in 2014 and started every game at left tackle the past two seasons, earning All-ACC and All-American honors both years – could have used another season of seasoning at the college level. He has the athletic gifts, body type and massive wingspan to play the position at a high level, but sloppy weight transfer in his movements creates shaky posture. Although he can unleash his power in the run game, Johnson bends too much at the waist in pass pro and has noticeable contact balance issues, which could be a deal-breaker to his football future. Overall, he isn’t ready for NFL snaps right now, but with some fine-tuning technically and with his pace, Johnson has the gifts to improve those issues and develop into a NFL starter down the road.
He pushed Browns offensive lineman Cam Erving from tackle to center and could very well push Erving off the Browns roster. I don’t see Johnson starting right away but should compete with Jon Greco, Spencer Drango and Erving for the reserve spots on the offensive line.
NFL.com compares him to Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses who just got the second highest right tackle contract in football.
Down the road with good coaching to fix his technique, he could be the replacement for Joe Thomas at left tackle.
Arm Length-36 inches