The Browns begin the second night of the NFL Draft with three picks in the second round at 33, 35 and 64 and they wasted no time beefing up the offensive line at pick #33.
They selected Nevada offensive tackle Austin Corbett, but based on scouting reports it sounds like he may kick inside to play guard which is very interesting.
Joel Bitonio who played left tackle at Nevada before the Browns selected him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and slid him inside to play guard which he has done successfully in his first four NFL seasons.
The plan could be to move Bitonio back to left tackle and Corbett to play guard which seems to be a better position for him at the next level.
Corbett played all four years in Nevada after redshirting in 2013. He was named a team captain in his sophomore season and started every game at left tackle from his sophomore season through his senior season.
He doesn’t have great arm length which likely move him inside to guard or even center in Cleveland. With JC Tretter potentially out after the 2018 season, it’s possible that John Dorsey could be looking at Corbett as the center of the future but it’s unknown what the team’s plans for him as of now.
With the 35th pick, the Browns went with running back Nick Chubb out of Georgia, a pick that seemed inevitable throughout the day as multiple media outlets pegged the running back to Cleveland at either 33 or 35.
Chubb had a fantastic career with the Bulldogs during his four years there finishing with 4,769 yards and 44 touchdowns, both of which are second in school history.
His senior season he split the carries with Sony Michel who went to New England in the first round on Thursday night. Chubb rushed for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns to help lead the Bulldogs to the National Championship Game.
When reading scouting reports on Chubb, one of his weaknesses are his hands.
With only 29 career catches, don’t depend on him being a receiving threat out of the backfield but that’s why you have a guy like Duke Johnson. Ball security is also listed as a weakness but Chubb has been improving that aspect of his game.
The Browns now have a projected three headed monster in the backfield with Chubb, free agent signing Carlos Hyde and fourth year back Duke Johnson who has one year left on his contract.
Cleveland should be able to rotate the backs consistently and keep them fresh in Todd Haley’s offense and should be able to have some high production this upcoming season.